didactically, adv.didacticism, n.
/duy dak"tik/, adj.
1. intended for instruction; instructive: didactic poetry.
2. inclined to teach or lecture others too much: a boring, didactic speaker.
3. teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson.
4. didactics, (used with a sing. v.) the art or science of teaching.
Also, didactical.
[1635-45; < Gk didaktikós apt at teaching, instructive, equiv. to didakt(ós) that may be taught + -ikos -IC]
Syn. 2. pedantic, preachy, donnish, pedagogic.

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▪ the arts
      of literature or other art, intended to convey instruction and information. The word is often used to refer to texts that are overburdened with instructive or factual matter to the exclusion of graceful and pleasing detail so that they are pompously dull and erudite. Some literature, however, is both entertaining and consciously didactic, as, for example, proverbs (proverb) and gnomic poetry. The word is from the Greek didaktikós, “apt at teaching.”

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