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  • 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.   (source)
    didactic = describing something intended to instruct
  • Monsieur the Principal thinks that my thesis ought to be dogmatic and didactic.   (source)
    didactic = instructive
  • He was sententious and didactic that night.   (source)
    didactic = excessively inclined to instruct
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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, and…†   (source)
  • For the first time in his life, he managed to link those didactic anecdotes with a reality he could see.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Secondary characteristics of the operators' minds, outside the didactic situations, were imposed.†   (source)
  • His tone was becoming a little didactic, and this both amused and irritated her.†   (source)
  • The book of Jonah, is described as a didactic, or teaching, story.
  • Favoring moral reforms and de-emphasizing didactic ritual, Erasmus laid the groundwork for Luther.   (source)
  • "The principal difficulty in your case," remarked Holmes, in his didactic fashion, "lay in the fact of there being too much evidence."   (source)
  • It was a book of didactic pronouncements from Imam Ali, the founder of the Shiite sect.†   (source)
  • All my life I have retained a streak of uncontrolled didacticism.†   (source)
  • It was taught to girls as a didactic lesson and sung during the month of wedding festivities to warn brides of life's pitfalls.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • So much of what happened reminded me of the didactic story that Aunt used to chant about the girl who had three brothers.†   (source)
  • The five things the Chinese people respect the most are Heaven, Earth, the emperor, parents, and teachers…… " When I ran out of lessons I could remember, I told him a didactic tale carried by the women in our county about a second son who becomes a mandarin and returns home to his family, but I changed it to fit this poor boy's circumstances.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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?†   (source)
  • But she had the merest instant to reflect on this before hearing the other voice behind her, so unsurprising in its inevitability that even the cool, didactic, Germanic sense of Ordnung in the words themselves were no surprise: "Your business may take you up and down the hallway but you have no business in this room."†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The arts which excite them, pornographical or didactic, are therefore improper arts.†   (source)
  • So, Justice Oberwaltzer—solemnly and didactically from his high seat to the jury.†   (source)
  • The shallowness of a waternixie's soul may have a charm until she becomes didactic.†   (source)
  • The man in the street heard the conclusions of dead genius through some one else's clever paradoxes and didactic epigrams.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • After reading several books on anthropology, education, and didactics, Alexey Alexandrovitch drew up a plan of education, and engaging the best tutor in Petersburg to superintend it, he set to work, and the subject continually absorbed him.†   (source)
  • "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.†   (source)
  • "But," said Conseil, who perpetually returned to the didactic side of things, "is this pearl fishing ever dangerous?"†   (source)
  • "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.†   (source)
  • "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.†   (source)
  • There's nothing higher for a girl than to marry a—a person she likes," said poor Isabel, wandering into the didactic.†   (source)
  • What additional didactic counsels did he similarly repress?   (source)
    didactic = intended to instruct
  • The British Constitution was to Montesquieu what Homer has been to the didactic writers on epic poetry.†   (source)
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