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didactic

[dahy-dak-tik]
adjective
  1. intended for instruction; instructive: didactic poetry.
  2. inclined to teach or lecture others too much: a boring, didactic speaker.
  3. teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson.
  4. didactics, (used with a singular verb) the art or science of teaching.
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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

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Examples from the Web for didactics

Historical Examples

  • We sometimes apply to these the words Orthobiotics, Didactics, and Pragmatics.

    Pedagogics as a System

    Karl Rosenkranz

  • The words "orthobiotics," "didactics," and "pragmatics" might be used to characterize them.

    Pedagogics as a System

    Karl Rosenkranz

  • The greatest part of Mr. Cowper's didactics is in the same strain.

  • Hence, we have in Emerson the teaching of a vigorous morality without the formality of dogma and the deadly tedium of didactics.

  • Few English naturalists are as genial--not even White of Selborne--and few as wide in didactics.


British Dictionary definitions for didactics

didactics

noun
  1. (functioning as singular) the art or science of teaching
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didactic

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

Word Origin

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

didactic

adj.

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

didactics in Medicine

didactic

(dī-dăktĭk)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to medical teaching by lectures or textbooks as distinguished from clinical demonstration with patients.
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