Something which is intended to instruct. Sometimes, to be morally instructive. "Didaktikos" is a Greek word that means "apt at teaching." It comes from "didaskein," meaning "to teach." Something didactic does just that: teaches or instructs. Didactic conveyed that neutral meaning when it was first borrowed in the 17th century, and still does; a didactic piece of work is one that is meant to be instructive as well as artistic. Genre painting and sculpture -- narrative and often allegorical — is apt to be didactic, especially when its aim is to teach a moral lesson. Didactic now often has negative connotations, because something didactic can be over burdened with instruction to the point of being dull. Or it might be pompously instructive or moralistic. (pr. die-dac'tic) One synonym for teacher is didact. Also see diagram, graph, heuristic, and map.

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  • Didactic — Di*dac tic, Didactical Di*dac tic*al, a. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to teach; akin to L. docere to teach: cf. F. didactique. See {Docile}.] 1. Fitted or intended to teach; conveying instruction; preceptive; instructive; teaching some moral lesson; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Didactic — Di*dac tic, n. A treatise on teaching or education. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • didactic — I adjective academic, adapted to teach, curricular, edifying, educating, educational, educative, enlightening, enriching, erudite, expository, fitted to teach, informational, informative, instructional, instructive, intended for instruction,… …   Law dictionary

  • didactic — 1650s, from Fr. didactique, from Gk. didaktikos apt at teaching, from didaktos taught, pp. of didaskein teach, from PIE root *dens wisdom, to teach, learn. Related: Didactically; didacticism …   Etymology dictionary

  • didactic — [adj] educational academic, advisory, donnish, edifying, enlightening, exhortative, expository, homiletic, hortative, instructive, moral, moralizing, pedagogic, pedantic, preachy, preceptive, schoolmasterist, sermonic, sermonizing, teacherish,… …   New thesaurus

  • didactic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ intended to teach or give moral instruction. DERIVATIVES didactically adverb didacticism noun. ORIGIN Greek didaktikos, from didaskein teach …   English terms dictionary

  • didactic — [dī dak′tik; ] also [ didak′tik] adj. [Gr didaktikos, apt at teaching < didaskein, to teach, prob. redupl. < IE base * dens , wisdom, to teach, learn > Avestan dīdainghē, I am taught] 1. used or intended for teaching or instruction 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • didactic — [[t]daɪdæ̱ktɪk[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Something that is didactic is intended to teach people something, especially a moral lesson. [FORMAL] In totalitarian societies, art exists for didactic purposes. 2) ADJ GRADED Someone who is didactic tells… …   English dictionary

  • didactic — didactically, adv. didacticism, n. /duy dak tik/, adj. 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.… …   Universalium

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