Word of the Day: DIDACTIC


adjective \dī-ˈdak-tik, də-\

: designed or intended to teach people something

—used to describe someone or something that tries to teach something (such as proper or moral behavior) in a way that is annoying or unwanted

Full Definition of DIDACTIC

1 a :  designed or intended to teach

  b :  intended to convey instruction and information as well as pleasure and entertainment <didactic poetry>
2 :  making moral observations
di·dac·ti·cal adjective
di·dac·ti·cal·ly adverb
di·dac·ti·cism noun

Examples of DIDACTIC

  1. <the poet’s works became increasingly didactic after his religious conversion>
  2. Slaves related human as well as animal trickster tales; they told Bible stories, explanatory tales, moralistic and didactic tales, supernatural tales and legends. —Lawrence W. Levine, The Unpredictable Past, 1993
  3. For two decades, many Americans, including some early advocates of the Vietnam intervention, have been relentlessly didactic, extracting cautionary lessons from Vietnam. —George F. Will, Newsweek, 22 May 1989
  4. —the trappings, one might say—of a didactic and resolutely pious Victorian sensibility in the service of an anarchic imagination. —Joyce Carol Oates, The Profane Art, 1983

Origin of DIDACTIC

Greek didaktikos, from didaskein to teach

First Known Use: 1658



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