didactic

[dahy-dak-tik]
adjective
1.
intended for instruction; instructive: didactic poetry.
2.
inclined to teach or lecture others too much: a boring, didactic speaker.
3.
teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson.
4.
didactics, (used with a singular verb) the art or science of teaching.
Also, didactical.


Origin:
1635–45; < Greek didaktikós apt at teaching, instructive, equivalent to didakt(ós) that may be taught + -ikos -ic

didactically, adverb
didacticism, noun
nondidactic, adjective
nondidactically, adverb
undidactic, adjective


2. pedantic, preachy, donnish, pedagogic.
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didactic (dɪˈdæktɪk)
 
adj
1.  intended to instruct, esp excessively
2.  morally instructive; improving
3.  (of works of art or literature) containing a political or moral message to which aesthetic considerations are subordinated
 
[C17: from Greek didaktikos skilled in teaching, from didaskein to teach]
 
di'dactically
 
adv
 
di'dacticism
 
n

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didactic
1650s, from Fr. didactique, from Gk. didaktikos "apt at teaching," from didaktos "taught," from didaskein "teach," from PIE base *dens- "wisdom, to teach, learn." Related: Didactically; didacticism.
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didactic di·dac·tic (dī-dāk'tĭk)
adj.
Of or relating to medical teaching by lectures or textbooks as distinguished from clinical demonstration with patients.

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didacticism

of literature or other art, intended to convey instruction and information. The word is often used to refer to texts that are overburdened with instructive or factual matter to the exclusion of graceful and pleasing detail so that they are pompously dull and erudite. Some literature, however, is both entertaining and consciously didactic, as, for example, proverbs and gnomic poetry. The word is from the Greek didaktikos, "apt at teaching."

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Example sentences
It has moments of lyrical beauty but is weighed down by academic didacticism.
The satire to which he is subjected nonetheless has an air of scolding
  didacticism.
Their lapse into youthful sincerity and didacticism is no improvement.
Here is a drama that holds down the heroics, polemics and didacticism to which
  works about heroes and heroines are prone.
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