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Definition: 1. tending to give instruction or advice, even when it is neither welcome or necessary; 2. containing a political or moral message

Synonyms: dogmatic, preachy, edifying, instructive, donnish, homiletic, moralizing, sermonic pedagogic, pedantic, perceptive

Antonyms: entertaining

Tips: Didactic comes from the Greek word didaskein, "to teach." Something didactic exists for the purpose of teaching; a didactic person takes on the role of teacher or advisor, even when advice or instruction isn't wanted or needed. Didactic is synonymous with edifying. Edifying is related to the word edification, which is a noun for "enlightened education." A didactic presentation is intended for the audience's edification (enlightened education).

Usage Examples:

The movie was somewhat entertaining, but it was more didactic, with an underlying message that much can be learned from history. (edifying, preachy)

Ron's didactic explanations irritated his coworkers, who simply wanted to be told how the software worked, without long digressions on the theory behind it. (pedantic, sermonic)

My mother's didactic advice on how to do everything better can get really irritating. (pedantic, dogmatic, preachy)

His didactic stories were usually told on the pretext of entertainment, but it was clear that he wanted us to take some moral message from them. (preachy, instructing, donnish, moralizing)

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