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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.


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
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
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.
It does so in a gentle, subtle way, avoiding didacticism as it nudges the reader to question their own conventions and ideals.
In addition to what might otherwise be termed as a typical school story is the fact that Lester introduces issues that children will face at any stage, but in such a way that the story is entirely naturally told with no hint of didacticism creeping in.
This is the reality of war - a didacticism that our leaders should not overlook.
Among the topics are language and the ideology of kingship in the "Canon of Yao," "Shu" traditions and text recomposition: a reevaluation of "Jinteng" and "Zhou Wu Wang you ji," speaking of documents: Shu citations in Warring States texts, against (uninformed) idleness: situating the didacticism of "Wu yi," and concepts of law in the Shangshu.
The outline of its plot hints at didacticism and, others note, it was it was written before Hussein'sbeloved novel Du'aa al-Karawan , often translated as The Nightingale's Prayer .
The antidote to quixotism was, ironically, a different form of quixotism: Richardson filled his novels with explicit lessons and prescriptive generalizations (or "precepts") "in order to fend off the charge that [he] promoted quixotism, but Raff ingeniously demonstrates that this form of didacticism is a mode of seduction and an invitation to quixotism" (8) in a literary culture that "systematically eroticized tutelage" (7).
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.
The ability of a teacher to integrate internal and external sources of information and stimuli for a student - so that he or she can utilise learning as an active principle, rather than a passive attribute - is the only way to liberate him or her from the strait-jacket of classroom didacticism.
If there were moments where I thought we were witnessing didacticism, they were dashed away as the events unfolded leaving me not with answers but rather had me questioning "what would I do in their shoes?
Even though African literature has been said to have borrowed so much from European literary culture, especially in the areas of form and language; didacticism cannot be said to be one of those concepts that African literature inherited from the European literary culture.
These Korean films, he argues, tend to exhibit three characteristics: a "vnarod or agrarian return narrative," nationalistic overtones, and a certain didacticism.