Definition of "didactic" []

  • Intended to instruct. (adjective)
  • Morally instructive. (adjective)
  • Inclined to teach or moralize excessively. (adjective)
  • Intended to instruct, esp excessively (adjective)

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  • Morally instructive; improving (adjective)
  • (of works of art or literature) containing a political or moral message to which aesthetic considerations are subordinated (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "didactic" in a sentence
  • "7:12: Sends text to Brian Williams of NBC News correcting him on improper use of the term "didactic.""
  • "The degree to which the characters are bound to their milieu is made apparent at every turn — sometimes, in didactic bits of dialogue, almost too apparent."
  • "Teens are such an open audience, and the world of YA literature has evolved in the past years, so the age of thinking about teen novels as needing to be limited or didactic is definitely over."