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Though John loved her lessons, George hated her didactic tone.
  describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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"Didactic" often connotes moral instruction.

In medicine, "didactic" can also refer to a method of teaching that is textbook-oriented rather than relying on laboratory or clinical experience; e.g.: The Core Curriculum will be completed via didactic seminars and hands-on, practical training experiences.

Archaically, "didactics" referenced the art or science of teaching.
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  • Though John loved her lessons, George hated her didactic tone.
  • She is fond of telling didactic stories to her grandchildren.
  • "The principal difficulty in your case," remarked Holmes, in his didactic fashion, "lay in the fact of there being too much evidence."
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
  • Favoring moral reforms and de-emphasizing didactic ritual, Erasmus laid the groundwork for Luther.
    Protestant Reformation - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)

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  • The book of Jonah, is described as a didactic, or teaching, story.
  • ’It was a common punishment in Imperial China,’ said O’Brien as didactically as ever.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • She’d guessed he was a schoolmaster, he had that rather didactic, fluent way with him.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Always didactic, he went into a learned exposition of the diabolical properties of cinnabar, but Ursula paid no attention to him, although she took the children off to pray.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Moody’s grandfather wrote in belabored, redundant, didactic prose.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • He had in three years of practice already become didactic and incredibly married; he had put on weight and infallibility; and he had learned many new things about which to be dull.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith

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  • M. Bouc continued somewhat didactically.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • She sent this didactic gem to several markets, but it found no purchaser, and she was inclined to agree with Mr. Dashwood that morals didn’t sell.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • What additional didactic counsels did he similarly repress?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And was told, in didactic tones, that a wife of a man in Roarke’s position would have to learn basic social skills.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • Monsieur the Principal thinks that my thesis ought to be dogmatic and didactic.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • who repeat the parrot cry that art should never be didactic.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • He sat gazing in clammy want at her full red lips and dimpled cheeks as he listened to Major Danby describe in a monotonous, didactic male drone the heavy concentrations of flak awaiting them at Avignon, and he moaned in deep despair suddenly at the thought that he might never see again this lovely woman to whom he had never spoken a word and whom he now loved so pathetically.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He was sententious and didactic that night.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Each of them was prominent in his own field and was obviously too didactic and temperamental to agree with his brothers on any subject of discussion.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • His expression still seemed calm enough but was betrayed by inner excitement in the form of a waggling, hairy, didactic forefinger which he thrust into my face.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "But," said Conseil, who perpetually returned to the didactic side of things, "is this pearl fishing ever dangerous?"
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The arts which excite them, pornographical or didactic, are therefore improper arts.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • "And the more there is of ’em, the more they must love one another," Mrs. Moss went on, looking at her children with a didactic purpose.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • He could think of no possible way he could tell them what they should work toward without falling back into the trap of authoritarian, didactic teaching.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • So, Justice Oberwaltzer—solemnly and didactically from his high seat to the jury.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • The man in the street heard the conclusions of dead genius through some one else’s clever paradoxes and didactic epigrams.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • The shallowness of a waternixie’s soul may have a charm until she becomes didactic.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • It is one of the few didactic tales told to us that has a happy ending, and on that late autumn day in the month before my marriage it made me happy.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Gryce was handsome in a didactic way—he looked like a clever pupil’s drawing from a plaster-cast—while Gwen’s countenance had no more modelling than a face painted on a toy balloon.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • His tone was becoming a little didactic, and this both amused and irritated her.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • The British Constitution was to Montesquieu what Homer has been to the didactic writers on epic poetry.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • For the first time in his life, he managed to link those didactic anecdotes with a reality he could see.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • Secondary characteristics of the operators’ minds, outside the didactic situations, were imposed.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • "Adam Bede—drowned?" said Hetty, letting her arms fall and looking rather bewildered, but suspecting that her aunt was as usual exaggerating with a didactic purpose.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • And when he declares that art should not be didactic, all the people who have nothing to teach and all the people who don’t want to learn agree with him emphatically.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Now, as to the sermon-a proud and arrogant man, such as yourself-with an admittedly admirable quality of didacticism about him-was given to doing research in the area of a certain disfiguring and degenerative disease.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • So that you really could not call it ironclad objectivity; there was more freedom and subjectivity to it than Leo Naphta would have been willing to admit—it was in its own way just as "political" as Herr Settembrini’s didactic statement that freedom was the law of brotherly love.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Albert used to tell her in his slightly didactic way that the Italians of his experience, his Harlem and Bronx upbringing, his Calabrian heritage, tended to be wary of certain kinds of accomplishment, as immigrants, people who needed protection against the cold hand of the culture, who needed sons and daughters and sisters and others because who else could they trust with their broken English, their ten thousand uprooted tales, and he came home one day, the thirteen-year-old son, andů
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • There’s nothing higher for a girl than to marry a—a person she likes," said poor Isabel, wandering into the didactic.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • "] [Footnote 712: "Forgive his crimes," etc. This is quoted from Night Thoughts by the English didactic poet, Edward Young.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • There’s nothing higher for a girl than to marry a—a person she likes," said poor Isabel, wandering into the didactic.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • "Yes," said I, in a didactic tone; "yet after all, even those days were a great improvement on the days that had gone before them.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • It was a book of didactic pronouncements from Imam Ali, the founder of the Shiite sect.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • He was a respected author of Islamic books, and had translated from Arabic to Farsi numerous didactic works penned by Tagatie Hakim, his and Moody’s common grandfather.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • It is so intensely and deliberately didactic, and its subject is esteemed so dry, that I delight in throwing it at the heads of the wiseacres who repeat the parrot cry that art should never be didactic.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • All my life I have retained a streak of uncontrolled didacticism.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It was taught to girls as a didactic lesson and sung during the month of wedding festivities to warn brides of life’s pitfalls.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • So much of what happened reminded me of the didactic story that Aunt used to chant about the girl who had three brothers.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • I found myself so caught up in my own didactic spell that at last all the doubts and wonderments about Sophie’s past that had lingered there since her recent long recital scattered from my mind, even the most dreadful and mysterious uncertainty: what had finally happened to her little boy?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Nathan’s stilted, didactic enunciation might have been, under different circumstances, vaguely comical—a burlesque of itself—but now was edged with such real threat, rage and obdurate conviction that I could not help but give a small shiver and feel at my back the approach, like the thudding of gallows-bound footsteps, of some awful and unnamed doom.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
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