• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n., adj Dryasdust the pretended editor or introducer of some of Scott's novels—a synonym for a dull and pedantic though learned person
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In literature:

There is a grim work, the short title whereof is "Burns's Justice," in five fat volumes, from which the legal Dryasdust turns aghast.
"Ginx's Baby" by Edward Jenkins
Unhappy Dryasdust, thrice-unhappy world that takes Dryasdust's reading of the ways of God!
"History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. I. (of XXI.) Frederick The Great--Birth And Parentage.--1712." by Thomas Carlyle
Year 1225, thinks Dryasdust, after a struggle.
"History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol, II. (of XXI.) Frederick The Great--Of Brandenburg And The Hohenzollerns--928-1417" by Thomas Carlyle
Malcolm thought Cedric's name of Dr. Dryasdust was not an inapt title.
"Herb of Grace" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
I didn't know an old Dryasdust like you could have such a lot of sentiment in him.
"The Descent of Man and Other Stories" by Edith Wharton
Answer me that, Dryasdust, or shut your eloquent mouth and go home to dinner.
"The Ethics of Drink and Other Social Questions" by James Runciman
I see Dryasdust thumbing his Concordance.
"A Christmas Garland" by Max Beerbohm
The latter was a sort of Dr. Dryasdust, learned, barren, acrid, but an efficient instructor.
"Great Violinists And Pianists" by George T. Ferris
I, Dryasdust, want to know if the Moon, the 'Harvest' Moon, too, really 'waded through the Clouds' on the night before Dunbar Battle.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in Two Volumes Vol. II" by Edward FitzGerald
Not that they criticise you so much at the moment, particularly if you appear as an antidote to Dryasdust.
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
I am well aware that Dr. Dryasdust may ask, What of it?
"Historical Essays" by James Ford Rhodes
"History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia Frederick The Great--Complete Table of Contents: 22 Volumes" by Thomas Carlyle
The Winchester Manorhouse has fled bodily, like a Dream of the old Night; not Dryasdust himself can show a wreck of it.
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
Sometimes they delight the lover of folk-lore; sometimes they belong to the Dryasdust antiquarian.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 16" by Various
There are no Dryasdusts here.
"London Days" by Arthur Warren
We shall not all become martinets or dryasdusts.
"The Gospel Of Evolution" by Edward Aveling
But it is well to notice that, much as he revered facts, no one is farther removed than he from the school of Dryasdust.
"The Age of Tennyson" by Hugh Walker
That is of interest only to the Dryasdusts.
"An American Four-In-Hand in Britain" by Andrew Carnegie