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Examples of didactic in a Sentence
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
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
—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
the poet's works became increasingly didactic after his religious conversion
Recent Examples of didactic from the Web
Unfortunately, the word that Warner Bros. has had trouble inserting into some print ads also applies to this didactic, static harangue.
Comey’s statement was a didactic tale crystallizing the essence of Washington: Machiavellian power struggles.
But to join a movement called feminism seemed too didactic, too political.
And Quijada starts to share his, performing a show that isn't a didactic history lesson or an hourlong meditation on a two-sentence exchange.
There are third-act revelations that round out the story beautifully, making the movie more than just a didactic dramatic treatise on the transgender issue.
The rapid-fire jokes don’t all land, the supporting characters can be cartoonish and the satire didactic.
Liz Lerman, a didactic choreographer who has devoted her career to community engagement through dance, is this year’s recipient of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award.
Pretty and petite with a pixie haircut, wearing jeans and a navy blazer, Petry spoke in lengthy, didactic sentences that seemed more suited to a university professor than the leader of a populist party.
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We Will Teach You the Origin of didactic
Didaktikos is a Greek word that means "apt at teaching." It comes from didaskein, meaning "to teach." Something "didactic" does just that: teaches or instructs. "Didactic" conveyed that neutral meaning when it was first borrowed in the 17th century, and still does; a didactic piece of writing is one that is meant to be instructive as well as artistic. Parables are generally didactic because they aim to teach a moral lesson. "Didactic" now sometimes has negative connotations, too, however. Something "didactic" is often overburdened with instruction to the point of being dull. Or it might be pompously instructive or moralistic.
Origin and Etymology of didactic
Greek didaktikos, from didaskein to teach
First Known Use: 1658See Words from the same year
DIDACTIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of didactic for English Language Learners
: 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
Medical Definition of didactic
: involving lecture and textbook instruction rather than demonstration and laboratory study
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