- 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.
Origin of didactic
Examples from the Web for didacticism
She poured them forth—little rushing streams of didacticism.Forgotten Tales of Long Ago
E. V. Lucas
Here he found domesticity and didacticism, and put them back.The Son of a Servant
In them Whittier at length succeeds in freeing himself completely from the shackles of didacticism.
The latter, being partially free from didacticism, leads naturally up to the third period.
Its didacticism lies so heavily upon it that it has nearly crushed its poetry—like a stone on a flower.The Last Harvest
- 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
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.
- Of or relating to medical teaching by lectures or textbooks as distinguished from clinical demonstration with patients.