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didactic

Definition:

instructive (especially excessively)

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Derivative:

didactically

Comparative:

more didactic

Superlative:

most didactic

Similar to:

instructive

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

didactical

Etymology:

Greek didaktikos, apt at teaching from didaskein, to teach, probably...
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Didacticism

a philosophy that emphasizes instructional and informative qualities in literature and other types of art. The term has its origin in the Ancient Greek word διδακτικός, "related to education and teaching", and signified learning in a... (36 of 458 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Didacticism

Collins Dictionary:

didactic | protreptical [synonym] | improving [synonym, sense-specific] | didactically [adverb, derived]

intended to instruct, especially excessively | morally instructive; improving | (of works of art or literature) containing a political or moral ... (19 of 419 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/didactic

Merriam-Webster:

didactic | sermonic [synonym, sense-specific] | homiletic [synonym, sense-specific] | moralistic [synonym, sense-specific] | moralizing [synonym, sense-specific] | preachy [synonym, sense-specific] | sententious [synonym, sense-specific] | dogmatic [similar, sense-specific] | prescriptive [similar, sense-specific] | ...

designed or intended to teach ; intended to convey instruction and information as well as pleasure and entertainment | making moral observations (21 of 188 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/didactic

Oxford Dictionary:

didactic | didactically [derived] | didacticism [derived]

intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive | in the manner of a teacher, particularly so as to appear ... (23 of 78 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/didactic

Britannica Encyclopedia:

didactic [the arts]

of literature or other art, intended to convey instruction and information. The word is often used to refer to texts that are overburdened with ... (24 of 71 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/692535​/didactic

New World Dictionary:

didactic | didactically [adverb, related] | didacticism [noun, related]

used or intended for teaching or instruction | morally instructive, or intended to be so | too much inclined to teach others; boringly pedantic or ... (23 of 60 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/didactic

Random House Dictionary:

didactic | didactics [sense-specific] | didactical [sense-specific]

intended for instruction; instructive. | inclined to teach or lecture others too much. | teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson. | "didactics": ... (21 of 48 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/didactic

Cambridge Dictionary:

didactic | didactically [adverb, derived]

[disapproving] intended to teach, especially in a way that is too determined or eager, and often fixed and unwilling to change | intended to teach ... (24 of 43 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/didactic

Wiktionary:

didactic | didactics [plural] | didactick [obsolete, sense-specific]

Instructive or intended to teach or demonstrate, especially with regard to morality. (I.e., didactic poetry) | Excessively moralizing. | [medicine] Teaching from textbooks rather than laboratory demonstration and clinical application. | [archaic] A ... (30 of 43 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/didactic

Macmillan British Dictionary:

didactic [formal]

intended to teach something, especially a moral lesson ; behaving like a teacher, often in a way that is annoying (20 of 42 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/didactic

American Heritage Dictionary:

didactic | didactical [sense-specific] | didactically [adverb, related] | didacticism [noun, related]

Intended to instruct. | Morally instructive. | Inclined to teach or moralize excessively. (11 of 37 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/didactic

Encarta Dictionary:

didactic

containing a political or moral message | tending to give instruction or advice, even when it's not welcome or not needed (20 of 50 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861604550​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

didactic

Origin: Greek didaktikos, apt at teaching from didaskein, to teach, probably reduplication from Indo-European base *dens-, wisdom, to ... (17 of 25 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/didactic

Online Etymology:

didactic

First use: 1650s

Origin: French didactique, from Greek didaktikos "apt at teaching", from didaktos "taught", past participle of didaskein "teach", ... (17 of 25 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=didactic

Wiktionary:

didactic | didactics [plural]

Origin: Ancient Greek διδακτικός (didaktikos, "skilled in teaching"), from διδακτός (didaktos, "taught, learnt"), from διδάσκω (didaskō, "I teach, educate")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/didactic

didactical

Origin: didactic + -al

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/didactical

-al

Origin: Latin adjective suffix -ālis, or French, Middle French and Old French -el, -al.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-al

American Heritage Dictionary:

didactic

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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/didactic

Collins Dictionary:

didactic

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Greek didaktikos skilled in teaching, from didaskein to teach

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/didactic

Oxford Dictionary:

didactic

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: Greek didaktikos, from didaskein "teach"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/didactic

Merriam-Webster:

didactic

First use: 1658

Origin: Greek didaktikos, from didaskein to teach

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/didactic

Encarta Dictionary:

didactic

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: Greek didaktikos from didaskein "teach"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861604550​/definition​.html  [offline]

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Collins Dictionary:

didactic

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Cambridge Dictionary:

didactic

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

didactic [formal]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

didactic [formal]

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the Free Dictionary:

didactic

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didactical

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Google Dictionary:

didactic

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

didactic

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didactical

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YourDictionary Audio:

didactic

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