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 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 Michael Tree, 84, a leading viola pedagogue at the Curtis Institute of Music and a founding member of the Guarneri Quartet, died Friday at his home in New York City, his wife said. Peter Dobrin,, "Michael Tree, 84, Curtis professor and violist of famed Guarneri Quartet," 2 Apr. 2018 As professor, readers are able to see Daniel as an astute pedagogue. Peter Lewis, The Christian Science Monitor, "'An Odyssey' is a father-son journey with Homer as guide," 20 Sep. 2017 My point being that every seat of learning in America projects an image of a faculty teeming with committed and conscientious pedagogues. Jacques Berlinerblau, Washington Post, "Starting a college admission search? Here are a professor’s tips.," 26 Aug. 2017

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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 5 Jul. 2020.

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