For example, as a sarcastic remark in the sense of "pedantic" or "know-it-all"?

  • "Knowledgeable" comes to mind. Commented Feb 16, 2013 at 11:25
  • What makes you think so?
    – 杨以轩
    Commented Feb 17, 2013 at 3:10
  • This is usually a positive word. Commented Mar 10, 2013 at 14:25

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No. It's usually used as a commendatory term. But it can be also used in a pejorative sense (the rule is called 褒義貶用).

PS: This is not used in a conversation, or it's an irony.

  • So 褒义贬用 means "a sarcastic compliment" or "to make a sarcastic compliment"? I might add that to CC-CEDICT.
    – jsj
    Commented Feb 16, 2013 at 9:00
  • @trideceth12 To use a commendatory term as a derogatory term. (um, sorry for my poor English) Commented Feb 16, 2013 at 9:36
  • @trideceth12 Yeah. That's right. But it's a grammatical concept, not a word. Commented Feb 16, 2013 at 10:24

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