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  • n. An artistic philosophy that emphasises instructional and informative qualities over mere entertainment.
  • n. A work, statement, etc. of this kind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The didactic method or system.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The practice of conveying or of aiming to convey instruction; the tendency to be didactic in matter or style.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. communication that is suitable for or intended to be instructive


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • We are reticent for the same reason the You of the story is; didacticism is something to be suspicious of.

    Tim Pratt's "The Frozen One"

  • And the problem I do have with overt didacticism is less with its frequent technical clumsiness, where swatches of sermons or lessons are just slapped into the story, then it is with the way it reminds readers Who Is In Charge.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • I meant hunted not haunted looks. but H, where I disagree with you about octavian nothing and with roger about all writers engaging in a subtle form of didacticism is that in allegory as well as in didactic books, the author starts out knowing what he wants to say and he tells or teaches it to the reader.

    "Crap, here comes Teacher!"

  • “The setting here is a school, all the candidates for president are canines, and the didacticism is as thick as the paint in the illustrations ….”

    2008 September 05 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • The current dominant mode of children's-book evaluation at least nominally disdains "didacticism," by which it means preachiness or sermonizing.

    I agree with everybody

  • For serious kid-lit theoreticians and other meta-kid-lit enthusiasts, Read Roger sums up some of the issues behind a debate about race and "didacticism" while talking about the Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King Awards along the way.

    End-o'-the-Week Kid-Lit Roundup

  • It's certainly true that children's book critics eagerly leap upon "didacticism" like it's a bad thing, while pop pap like The Clique gets away with its rampant consumerism because it's "escapist."

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • Hemans's polemics against "The Sceptic" and her own expressions of radical doubt form a package that is simply too self-critical and self-confounding to be recuperated to "didacticism" or a "normative femininity."

    'A darkling plain': Hemans, Byron and _The Sceptic; A Poem_

  • One obvious characteristic of this generation is the didacticism which is apt to worry us.

    English Literature and Society in the Eighteenth Century

  • The paradoxical result of her approach is to make the second act of "Vera Stark" feel heavy-handed, at times to the point of outright didacticism.

    Slaves of the Past


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