American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Intended to instruct.
- adj. Morally instructive.
- adj. Inclined to teach or moralize excessively.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Fitted or intended for instruction; containing doctrines, precepts, principles, or rules; instructive; expository; edifying: as, a didactic treatise; didactic poetry.
- Pertaining to instruction; of an edifying quality, character, or manner; used in or given to exposition: as, a didactic style; didactic methods; a didactic lecturer.
- n. A treatise on education.
- adj. Instructive or intended to teach or demonstrate, especially with regard to morality. (I.e., didactic poetry)
- adj. Excessively moralizing.
- adj. medicine Teaching from textbooks rather than laboratory demonstration and clinical application.
- n. archaic A treatise on teaching or education.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Fitted or intended to teach; conveying instruction; preceptive; instructive; teaching some moral lesson.
- adj. Pejorative excessively prone to instruct, even those who do not wish to be instructed; -- of people.
- n. obsolete A treatise on teaching or education.
- adj. instructive (especially excessively)
- From Ancient Greek διδακτικός (didaktikos, "skilled in teaching"), from διδακτός (didaktos, "taught, learnt"), from διδάσκω (didaskō, "I teach, educate") (Wiktionary)
- Greek didaktikos, skillful in teaching, from didaktos, taught, from didaskein, didak-, to teach, educate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Teens are such an open audience, and the world of YA literature has evolved in the past years, so the age of thinking about teen novels as needing to be limited or didactic is definitely over.”
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“To say this, is not, of course, to say that the Greek conception of art was didactic; for the word didactic, when applied to art, has usually the implication that the excellence of the moral is the only point to be considered, and that if that is good the work itself must be good.”
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