V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. an educator; 2. a narrow-minded teacher who teaches in an opinionated manner

Synonyms: educator, advisor, teacher, instructor, coach, professor, guide, sophist, dogmatist, know-it-all

Antonyms: student, pupil, learner

Tips: Pedagogue is derived from the Greek paidos, "child" with agogos, "leader." Although pedagogue still means "teacher," it has also come to denote a teacher who uses a dogmatic or narrow-minded style.

Usage Examples:

She was a musical pedagogue who taught both piano and violin. (instructor)

She criticized her professors at the Ivy League school, saying they were snobbish pedagogues. (know-it-alls)

The retired pedagogue was often visited by her former students. (teacher)

He is a hot-headed pedagogue who gets easily irritated when his students question him. (dogmatist, sophist, know-it-all)

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