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didactic adj : instructive (especially excessively) [syn: didactical]

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


  • dī-dăkˈtĭk


  1. A treatise on teaching or education.


  1. Instructive or intended to teach or demonstrate, especially with regard to morality. (I.e., didactic poetry)
  2. Excessively moralizing.
  3. Regarding medicine, teaching from textbooks rather than laboratory demonstration and clinical application.


instructive or...

Extensive Definition

distinguish didactic method Didacticism is an artistic philosophy that emphasizes instructional and informative qualities in literature and other types of art. Didactic art should not primarily "entertain" or pursue the subjective goals of the artist.
An example may be found in Alexander Pope's An Essay on Criticism (published 1711), which offers a range of criticism and advice.
The term "didactic" also refers to texts (and by extension, media, such as film or television) that are overburdened with instructive, factual, and/or otherwise "educational" information, sometimes to the detriment of a reader's (or viewer's) enjoyment. The opposite of "didactic" is "non-didactic." If a writer is more concerned with artistic qualities and techniques than with conveying a message, then that piece of work is considered to be non-didactic, even if it is instructive/educational.
Some have suggested that nearly all of the best poetry is didactic. Contrarily, Edgar Allan Poe called didacticism the worst of "heresies" in his essay The Poetic Principle (before 1850).
Other examples of didactic literature include:
Didactic plays teach the audience through the use of a moral or a theme.
A good example of didactism in music is the chant Ut queant laxis, which was used by Guido of Arezzo to teach solfege syllables.
didactic in Bulgarian: Дидактика
didactic in Catalan: Didàctica
didactic in Czech: Didaktika
didactic in Danish: Didaktik
didactic in German: Didaktik
didactic in Modern Greek (1453-): Διδακτική
didactic in Spanish: Didáctica
didactic in Esperanto: Didaktiko
didactic in French: Didactique
didactic in Croatian: Didaktika
didactic in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Didactica
didactic in Italian: Didattica
didactic in Latin: Ars docendi
didactic in Hungarian: Didaktika
didactic in Dutch: Didactiek
didactic in Norwegian: Didaktikk
didactic in Norwegian Nynorsk: Didaktikk
didactic in Polish: Dydaktyka
didactic in Portuguese: Didática
didactic in Russian: Дидактика
didactic in Slovak: Didaktika
didactic in Finnish: Didaktiikka
didactic in Swedish: Didaktik
didactic in Ukrainian: Дидактика

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