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 (dī-dăk′tĭk) also di·dac·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)
1. Intended to instruct.
2. Morally instructive.
3. Inclined to teach or moralize excessively.

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

di·dac′ti·cal·ly adv.
di·dac′ti·cism (-tĭ-sĭz′əm) n.
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1. the practice of valuing literature, etc., primarily for its instructional content.
2. an inclination to teach or lecture others too much, especially by preaching and moralizing.
3. a pedantic, dull method of teaching. — didact, n. — didactic, adj.
See also: Learning
the views and conduct of one who intends to teach, often in a pedantic or contemptuous manner, both factual and moral material. — didact, n. — didactic, adj.
See also: Attitudes
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.didacticism - communication that is suitable for or intended to be instructive; "the didacticism expected in books for the young"; "the didacticism of the 19th century gave birth to many great museums"
communication - something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
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References in classic literature ?
Plenty of its other writing remains in the shape of religious prose--sermons, lives and legends of saints, biblical paraphrases, and similar work in which the monastic and priestly spirit took delight, but which is generally dull with the dulness of medieval commonplace didacticism and fantastic symbolism.
Among their topics are literal and figurative uses of the picaro: graded salience in 17th-century picaresque narrations, the conceptualization of the world as stage in Colder n and Cervantes: Christian didacticism and its ironic rebuttal, the king as "maker" of theater: le ballet de la nuit and Louis XIV, theatrical metaphor and the discourse of history: Nikolai Karamzin, and the theater of the absurd and the absurdity of theater: the early plays of Beckett and Ionesco.
a film that breathes new life into tired coming-of-age tropes." He asserts that Monteras' "unique brand of heartfelt, but sensational didacticism...
Abrams describes the 'rap battle drama' as 'corny, but satisfying...a film that breathes new life into tired coming-of-age tropes.' He asserts that Monteras' 'unique brand of heartfelt, but sensational didacticism...is also pretty irresistible.'
This might make the average adult start to itch, but the imaginative variety of ways Aidan's hair manages to humiliate and frustrate him are funny enough to hide any didacticism.
He drew on folklore, myth, and fable to comment on political and social circumstances without slipping into didacticism.
It does so in a gentle, subtle way, avoiding didacticism as it nudges the reader to question their own conventions and ideals.
Jones's work is an attempt to re-envision Perrault's fairy tales by using fresh language free from the baggage of didacticism and inaccurate translations.
On a minor note, I wonder if some background on the scholarship of medieval didacticism pertaining to popular texts might have added to Waters's contention; there are a number of scholars (Nora Scott, Daniel T Kline, Roy J.
Raff outlines the origins of this role by turning to eighteenth-century literary debates (didacticism; quixotism), to the plots of Austen's novels (courtship plots of "pedagogical love" [7]), to the novelist's frequent recourse to rhetorical techniques such as generalization (best exemplified in the precepts and maxims that pepper her fiction), and most importantly but perhaps most controversially--to Austen's biography, notably her relationship and epistolary correspondence with her niece, Fanny Knight.
Avoiding bald didacticism but making careful reference to biography and history, these essays illuminate violent oscillations in the works of these creators and eloquently record how these Armenians witnessed history in motion, refusing to aestheticize the horrible but allowing us to feel the inner tsunamis of trauma.