adjective di·dac·tic \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

a :  designed or intended to teach
b :  intended to convey instruction and information as well as pleasure and entertainment <didactic poetry>
:  making moral observations
di·dac·ti·cal \-ti-kəl\ adjective
di·dac·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
di·dac·ti·cism \-tə-ˌsi-zəm\ 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

Origin of DIDACTIC

Greek didaktikos, from didaskein to teach
First Known Use: 1658

Rhymes with DIDACTIC

Medical Dictionary


adjective di·dac·tic \dī-ˈdak-tik, də-\

Medical Definition of DIDACTIC

:  involving lecture and textbook instruction rather than demonstration and laboratory study


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