Definition of didactic in English:


Line breaks: di|dac¦tic
Pronunciation: /dɪˈdaktɪk
, dʌɪ-/


1Intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive: a didactic novel that set out to expose social injustice
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  • The books written by Richardson and his followers accordingly became known as moral or didactic novels.
  • This individual could provide much of the didactic instruction, but others should contribute to the training program.
  • Leake used didactic approaches to teach the surveyors how to administer questionnaires and register oral responses.
1.1In the manner of a teacher, particularly so as to appear patronizing: his tone ranged from didactic to backslapping
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  • But the narrative remains strange and poetic enough for it never to appear formulaic or didactic.
  • You could probably even sneak in your revolutionary politics without sounding didactic and patronizing.
  • Robert Coles's sketch about his fifth-grade teacher is tiresomely didactic.


mid 17th century: from Greek didaktikos, from didaskein 'teach'.



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  • One significant feature common to all three series is a dramatically compelling (as opposed to a didactically plodding) struggle between good and evil.
  • ‘What we want to do is encourage the individual to think about their own personal circumstances rather than talking didactically to them,’ he states.
  • A deliberate disavowal of any attempt to ‘lay down didactically the principles’ of prose writing provides him with an excellent basis to do exactly that.


Pronunciation: /-tɪsɪz(ə)m/
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  • ‘If Stevens is a didactic poet,’ writes Helen Vendler, ‘it is with a diffident didacticism.’
  • The ultimate strength of this play is a trio of truly heartfelt performances that bring the text alive with enviable emotional intensity and avoids the pitfalls of melodrama, didacticism, and pathos.
  • We love Coupland and his company of absurdist-observationists: insight without didacticism, humoured political commentary without a political stance.

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