Definition of didactic in English:



  • 1Intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive.

    ‘a didactic novel that set out to expose social injustice’
    • ‘The clinical curriculum is intended to apply didactic content into the patient care setting and promote critical thinking.’
    • ‘Leake used didactic approaches to teach the surveyors how to administer questionnaires and register oral responses.’
    • ‘Because of the public funding, there was a conservative style and often a moral or didactic message in the films that were made at the Film Board.’
    • ‘The books written by Richardson and his followers accordingly became known as moral or didactic novels.’
    • ‘In West Africa, didactic tales and tales of magic with moral endings are very popular.’
    • ‘Few of our didactic programs are taught on an interdisciplinary basis with the other health sciences.’
    • ‘A more didactic type of prose, designed to inform and convince, was practised by Arnold, Carlyle, Macaulay, and others.’
    • ‘If the Reformation chorales were anything, they were didactic and homiletical.’
    • ‘Otherwise, I would have created only didactic films for educational television.’
    • ‘He is still as purposefully didactic as ever, using the genre of educational information posters to inform us of our own miseducation.’
    • ‘He was greatly interested in teaching for its own sake, and his didactic skill found an outlet in a whole stream of books.’
    • ‘The training consisted of didactic instruction and observation of live family therapy sessions.’
    • ‘Thank you for a rewarding educational, didactic, competitive memorable week!’
    • ‘This type of orientation program accentuates clinical practice and includes limited didactic instruction.’
    • ‘One implication of the classical approach to moral education is that law has a didactic element.’
    • ‘This individual could provide much of the didactic instruction, but others should contribute to the training program.’
    • ‘The Korean tale, thus, has a stronger didactic and moral character than similar tales.’
    • ‘With the exception perhaps of Tales of Burning Love, there are few contemporary novels with a wholly didactic religious purpose.’
    • ‘Both clinical and didactic courses were taught primarily by pharmacy faculty, and rarely by medicine faculty.’
    • ‘The general lack of biographical and didactic information within the exhibition clouded these issues further.’
    instructive, instructional, educational, educative, informative, informational, doctrinal, preceptive, teaching, pedagogic, academic, scholastic, tuitional
    edifying, improving, enlightening, illuminating, heuristic
    pedantic, moralistic, homiletic
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    1. 1.1In the manner of a teacher, particularly so as to appear patronizing.
      ‘his tone ranged from didactic to backslapping’
      • ‘While these and other sociopolitical themes inform her writing, Hansen's books are not didactic.’
      • ‘You could probably even sneak in your revolutionary politics without sounding didactic and patronizing.’
      • ‘This didactic approach towards teaching history has made people look at it as a pain rather than a joy.’
      • ‘It is history as it should be: entertaining without being glib, informative without being didactic.’
      • ‘It's heavy stuff, but the idea-rich tale unfolds its philosophy in a way that manages to neatly skirt pedantic style and didactic tone.’
      • ‘She had an unpleasantly loud didactic voice.’
      • ‘When Welsh explores these themes too literally, the results can be overly didactic.’
      • ‘General education also has been described as overemphasizing rote instruction and didactic teaching.’
      • ‘His style was didactic, often patronising, and the jokes were thick-cut.’
      • ‘He became more aggressive and personal, more didactic, more accusatory, more moralistic.’
      • ‘I concur with Gurney's approach: Jacki's competent focus is neither didactic nor moralising.’
      • ‘Robert Coles's sketch about his fifth-grade teacher is tiresomely didactic.’
      • ‘But the narrative remains strange and poetic enough for it never to appear formulaic or didactic.’
      • ‘To my editorial consternation, he has no objection to being seen as didactic in his novels.’
      • ‘The text sometimes verges on the didactic, but then you have to consider both the intended audience and the size.’
      • ‘It is best to adopt a collaborative approach rather than a didactic or paternalistic manner.’
      • ‘Bad poetry, sure, but still poetry - a more loose-textured, less didactic literary form than the rant.’
      • ‘Although the prose is clear and readable it is also assertive, didactic and sometimes patronising.’
      • ‘Those who like to be instructed may relish this part of the novel; others may find it annoyingly didactic.’
      • ‘In order not to sound too didactic or pedantic, the lecturer added anecdotes and personal comments.’
      learned, cerebral, bookish, pedagogic, donnish, highbrow, ivory-tower, pretentious, pompous
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Mid 17th century: from Greek didaktikos, from didaskein teach.