intended for instruction; instructive: didactic poetry.
inclined to teach or lecture others too much: a boring, didactic speaker.
teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson.
didactics, (used with a singular verb) the art or science of teaching.

Also di·dac·ti·cal.

Origin of didactic

1635–45; < Greek didaktikós apt at teaching, instructive, equivalent to didakt(ós) that may be taught + -ikos -ic
Related formsdi·dac·ti·cal·ly, adverbdi·dac·ti·cism, nounnon·di·dac·tic, adjectivenon·di·dac·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·di·dac·tic, adjective

Synonyms for didactic

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Historical Examples of didacticism

  • She poured them forth—little rushing streams of didacticism.

  • Here he found domesticity and didacticism, and put them back.

    The Son of a Servant

    August Strindberg

  • In them Whittier at length succeeds in freeing himself completely from the shackles of didacticism.

    John Greenleaf Whittier

    W. Sloane Kennedy

  • The latter, being partially free from didacticism, leads naturally up to the third period.

    John Greenleaf Whittier

    W. Sloane Kennedy

  • Its didacticism lies so heavily upon it that it has nearly crushed its poetry—like a stone on a flower.

    The Last Harvest

    John Burroughs

British Dictionary definitions for didacticism



intended to instruct, esp excessively
morally instructive; improving
(of works of art or literature) containing a political or moral message to which aesthetic considerations are subordinated
Derived Formsdidactically, adverbdidacticism, noun

Word Origin for didactic

C17: from Greek didaktikos skilled in teaching, from didaskein to teach
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Word Origin and History for didacticism



1650s, from French didactique, from Greek didaktikos "apt at teaching," from didaktos "taught," past participle of didaskein "teach," from PIE root *dens- "wisdom, to teach, learn." Related: Didactically; didacticism.

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Medicine definitions for didacticism




Of or relating to medical teaching by lectures or textbooks as distinguished from clinical demonstration with patients.
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