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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.
Also, didactical.
Origin
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 didactics
  • Another thirty percent will be spent on your secondary rotation, and the remainder on didactics.
  • These topics are also regularly covered in required didactics throughout the year.
  • Opportunities exist to attend neurology grand rounds, brain cuttings, and other relevant didactics.
  • Patients had been moved so that the staff could attend the education didactics.
British Dictionary definitions for didactics

didactics

/dɪˈdæktɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the art or science of teaching

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 didactics

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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didactics 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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Encyclopedia Article for didactics

didactic

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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