Sunday, July 08, 2007
didactic adjective [dy-DAK-tik; duh-] Fitted or intended to teach; conveying instruction; instructive; teaching some moral lesson; as, "didactic essays."
Definitions for didactic
- Fitted or intended to teach; conveying instruction; instructive; teaching some moral lesson; as, "didactic essays."
- 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.
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.
Origin of didactic
Didactic comes from Greek didaktikos, "skillful in teaching," from didaktos, "taught," from didaskein, "to teach, to educate."