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 Montessori researches the pedagogue Édouard Séguin, who worked with children in a Paris asylum half a century earlier. Rivka Galchen, Harper’s Magazine , 18 Jan. 2022 But Andrew Glyn was first and foremost a teacher, an intellectually insatiable pedagogue with a desire to foster among his students a hunger for a broad understanding of the discipline. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 21 June 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 18 Nov. 2019 During the Cultural Revolution Chinese pedagogues claimed Melville was a rare anti-capitalist American author. The Economist, 18 July 2019 See More

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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 9 Aug. 2022.

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