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Definition describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
  • Though John loved her lessons, George hated her didactic tone.
didactic = describing someone as inclined too inclined to instruct
  • She is fond of telling didactic stories to her grandchildren.
  • didactic = intended to instruct
  • "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  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • 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
  • didactically = describing someone excessively inclined to instruct
  • 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
  • didactic = inclined to instruct
  • 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
  • didactic = excessively inclined to instruct
  • Moody's grandfather wrote in belabored, redundant, didactic prose.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • didactic = intended to instruct
  • 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
  • didactic = excessively inclined to instruct
  • 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
  • didactic = excessively instructional
  • What additional didactic counsels did he similarly repress?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • didactic = intended to instruct
  • M. Bouc continued somewhat didactically.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • didactically = in a manner intended to instruct
  • 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
  • didactic = describing something intended to instruct
  • Monsieur the Principal thinks that my thesis ought to be dogmatic and didactic.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • didactic = instructive
  • who repeat the parrot cry that art should never be didactic.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • didactic = intended to instruct
  • He was sententious and didactic that night.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • didactic = excessively inclined to instruct
  • 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
  • didactic = intended to instruct
  • The shallowness of a waternixie's soul may have a charm until she becomes didactic.
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • The British Constitution was to Montesquieu what Homer has been to the didactic writers on epic poetry.
    Madison, James  --  Federalist Papers Authored by James Madison

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