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pedagogue (PED-a-gog) noun, also pedagog

1. A schoolteacher; an educator.

2. One who instructs in a pedantic or dogmatic manner.

[Middle English pedagoge, from Old French, from Latin paedagogus, slave who supervised children, including taking them to and from school, from Greek paidagogos : paido-, boy + agogos, leader (from agein, to lead).]

"They also taught that `persistent perversity provokes the patient pedagogue to produce particularly painful punishment.'" Roger Kimball, Anything Goes, Nothing Matters, Forbes, Oct 4, 99.

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