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didactic

[dahy-dak-tik] /daɪˈdæk tɪk/
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.
Origin of didactic
1635-1645
1635-45; < Greek didaktikós apt at teaching, instructive, equivalent to didakt(ós) that may be taught + -ikos -ic
Related forms
didactically, adverb
didacticism, noun
nondidactic, adjective
nondidactically, adverb
undidactic, adjective
Synonyms
2. pedantic, preachy, donnish, pedagogic.
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Examples from the web for didacticism
  • 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.
  • But the fantasy never gets off the ground, and the didacticism is never clearly enough directed.
British Dictionary definitions for didacticism

didactic

/dɪˈdæktɪk/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
didactically, adverb
didacticism, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Greek didaktikos skilled in teaching, from didaskein to teach
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Word Origin and History for didacticism

didactic

adj.

1650s, from French didactique, from Greek didaktikos "apt at teaching," from didaktos "taught," past participle of didaskein "teach," from PIE root *dens- "wisdom, to teach, learn." Related: Didactically; didacticism.

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didacticism in Medicine

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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