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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Definitions for didactic

  1. Fitted or intended to teach; conveying instruction; instructive; teaching some moral lesson; as, "didactic essays."
  2. Inclined to teach or moralize excessively; moralistic.

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Citations for didactic
The show trial may be defined as a public theatrical performance in the form of a trial, didactic in purpose, intended not to establish the guilt of the accused but rather to demonstrate the heinousness of the person's crimes. Sheila Fitzpatrick, Everyday Stalinism
In class, embarrassed girlish laughter joined the "hee-haws" of our male classmates when centerfolds appeared in the middle of medical lectures, ostensibly to add a wake-up jolt to otherwise uninspired didactic presentations. Frances K. Conley M.D., Walking Out on the Boys
Origin of didactic
1635-1645
Didactic comes from Greek didaktikos, "skillful in teaching," from didaktos, "taught," from didaskein, "to teach, to educate."
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