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January 29, 2008
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Tuesday, 29th January 2008 : Today's Word is ...

Didactic



( Adjective )



Pronunciation : di-dák-tik


1. Inclined to teach or moralize excessively

2. Morally instructive

3. Intended to instruct

4. The art or science of teaching


Etymology:


Greek didaktikos, skillful in teaching, from didaktos, taught, from didaskein, didak-, to teach, educate


Synonyms:


academic, advisory, donnish, edifying, enlightening, exhortative, expository, homiletic, hortative, instructive, moral, moralizing, pedagogic, pedantic, preachy, preceptive, schoolmasterish, sermonic, sermonizing, teacherish, teacherly, teachy, moralistic, improving, educational, informative, teaching


Antonyms:


undidactic, uneducation, uninstructional,


Contextual Examples:


• In the opinion of many students, the professor's didactic approach was too heavy.

• Luther's seemingly amusing talk had a didactic purpose. He was trying to show his listeners the difference between right and wrong.

• The Priest's conversation was always didactic. He never said anything that wasn't intended to teach a lesson.

• The new novel is painfully didactic. The author’s aim is always to instruct and never to entertain.

• It is so intensely and deliberately didactic, and its subject is esteemed so dry, that I delight in throwing it at the heads of the wiseacres who repeat the parrot cry that art should never be didactic.

• He had already written a didactic poem in which he set forth his reasons for adhering to the English Church.


Related Words:



didactically : Adverb

didacticism : Noun


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