ped·​a·​gogue | \ ˈpe-də-ˌgäg How to pronounce pedagogue (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pedagog

Definition of pedagogue

: teacher, schoolmaster especially : a dull, formal, or pedantic teacher

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Examples of pedagogue in a Sentence

a pedagogue whose classroom lessons consisted entirely of reading directly from the textbook in a monotone
Recent Examples on the Web New York City’s government employs more than 325,000, which includes around 269,900 civilian and pedagogue workers, according to the Independent Budget Office, a fiscal watchdog agency funded by the city. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York Aims to Bring Back 25% of City-Government Workers by Year’s End," 19 Oct. 2020 There is hardly a paragraph in which Berryman—poet, pedagogue, boozehound, and symphonic self-destroyer—may not be heard straining toward the condition of music. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Heartsick Hilarity of John Berryman’s Letters," 12 Oct. 2020 Lil Nas X is the app's first breakout artist, and its most recognized pedagogue around self-improvement, Tabitha Brown, is a Black mother and vegan from North Carolina. Jason Parham, Wired, "TikTok and the Evolution of Digital Blackface," 4 Aug. 2020 With that, the pedagogue would dispatch some shivering schoolchild in vest and shorts on a three-mile cross-country run. The Economist, "Take the money and run," 9 Nov. 2019 His teacher was Ilya Musin, a famed pedagogue who trained Valery Gergiev, director of the Mariinsky Theatre, and Semyon Bychkov, who left Russia for a stellar conducting career in the West. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "Teodor Currentzis Brings His Intense Verdi to New York," 18 Nov. 2019 During the Cultural Revolution Chinese pedagogues claimed Melville was a rare anti-capitalist American author. The Economist, "Born 200 years ago, Herman Melville was globalisation’s first great bard," 18 July 2019 Your professor holds forth in class, lecturing, orating, gesturing, bantering — equal parts pedagogue and performer. Alfred Lubrano,, "After complaints, does away with its 'hotness' ratings," 11 July 2018 This would not merely have meant that the world would have been better explained sooner (though to Asimov, ever the pedagogue, that was indeed a good in and of itself). The Economist, "Empty sky, empty Earth?," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of pedagogue

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pedagogue

Middle English pedagoge, from Latin paedagogus, from Greek paidagōgos, slave who escorted children to school, from paid- ped- + agōgos leader, from agein to lead — more at agent

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“Pedagogue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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