Definition of didactic in US English:

didactic

adjective

  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A more didactic type of prose, designed to inform and convince, was practised by Arnold, Carlyle, Macaulay, and others.’
    • ‘The Korean tale, thus, has a stronger didactic and moral character than similar tales.’
    • ‘The books written by Richardson and his followers accordingly became known as moral or didactic novels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Leake used didactic approaches to teach the surveyors how to administer questionnaires and register oral responses.’
    • ‘The general lack of biographical and didactic information within the exhibition clouded these issues further.’
    • ‘Thank you for a rewarding educational, didactic, competitive memorable week!’
    • ‘He was greatly interested in teaching for its own sake, and his didactic skill found an outlet in a whole stream of books.’
    • ‘This individual could provide much of the didactic instruction, but others should contribute to the training program.’
    • ‘He is still as purposefully didactic as ever, using the genre of educational information posters to inform us of our own miseducation.’
    • ‘Otherwise, I would have created only didactic films for educational television.’
    • ‘If the Reformation chorales were anything, they were didactic and homiletical.’
    • ‘This type of orientation program accentuates clinical practice and includes limited didactic instruction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One implication of the classical approach to moral education is that law has a didactic element.’
    • ‘The training consisted of didactic instruction and observation of live family therapy sessions.’
    instructive, instructional, educational, educative, informative, informational, doctrinal, preceptive, teaching, pedagogic, academic, scholastic, tuitional
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    1. 1.1 In the manner of a teacher, particularly so as to treat someone in a patronizing way.
      ‘slow-paced, didactic lecturing’
      • ‘When Welsh explores these themes too literally, the results can be overly didactic.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is history as it should be: entertaining without being glib, informative without being didactic.’
      • ‘In order not to sound too didactic or pedantic, the lecturer added anecdotes and personal comments.’
      • ‘His style was didactic, often patronising, and the jokes were thick-cut.’
      • ‘I concur with Gurney's approach: Jacki's competent focus is neither didactic nor moralising.’
      • ‘While these and other sociopolitical themes inform her writing, Hansen's books are not didactic.’
      • ‘But the narrative remains strange and poetic enough for it never to appear formulaic or didactic.’
      • ‘Robert Coles's sketch about his fifth-grade teacher is tiresomely didactic.’
      • ‘Those who like to be instructed may relish this part of the novel; others may find it annoyingly didactic.’
      • ‘To my editorial consternation, he has no objection to being seen as didactic in his novels.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This didactic approach towards teaching history has made people look at it as a pain rather than a joy.’
      • ‘He became more aggressive and personal, more didactic, more accusatory, more moralistic.’
      • ‘You could probably even sneak in your revolutionary politics without sounding didactic and patronizing.’
      • ‘General education also has been described as overemphasizing rote instruction and didactic teaching.’
      • ‘She had an unpleasantly loud didactic voice.’
      • ‘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.’
      learned, cerebral, bookish, pedagogic, donnish, highbrow, ivory-tower, pretentious, pompous
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from Greek didaktikos, from didaskein ‘teach’.

Pronunciation

didactic

/daɪˈdæktɪk//dīˈdaktik/