diction [ dik-shuhn ]
1. style of speaking or writing as dependent upon choice of words: good diction.
2. the accent, inflection, intonation, and speech-sound quality manifested by an individual speaker, usually judged in terms of prevailing standards of acceptability; enunciation.
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1. usage, language.
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1. Diction, phraseology, wording refer to the means and the manner of expressing ideas. Diction usually implies a high level of usage; it refers chiefly to the choice of words, their arrangement, and the force, accuracy, and distinction with which they are used: The speaker was distinguished for his excellent diction; poetic diction. Phraseology refers more to the manner of combining the words into related groups, and especially to the peculiar or distinctive manner in which certain technical, scientific, and professional ideas are expressed: legal phraseology. Wording refers to the exact words or phraseology used to convey thought: the wording of a will.
Origin: 1400–50; late Middle English diccion < Late Latin dictiōn- (stem of dictiō) word, Latin: rhetorical delivery, equivalent to dict(us) said, spoken (past participle of dīcere) + -iōn--ion
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR DICTION
The diction is simple, the humor is soft and his subjects deal with the relatable details of daily life.
WHY BILLY COLLINS IS AMERICA’S MOST POPULAR POET|AUSTEN ROSENFELD|OCTOBER 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The prime minister has also reportedly paid for diction lessons to smooth out her rough Neapolitan accent.
BERLUSCONI ANNOUNCES MAY-DECEMBER ENGAGEMENT|BARBIE LATZA NADEAU|DECEMBER 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
This is yet another masterpiece, even though the tone and diction are all wrong, and the proportions totally off.
JOSEPH ROTH’S LETTERS REVEAL A GREAT FORGOTTEN WRITER|ANTHONY HEILBUT|FEBRUARY 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
There was a British woman with a mike who sounded smarter than everyone else, due to her Oxford diction.
THE DAY D.C. WENT SANE|HOWARD KURTZ|OCTOBER 30, 2010|DAILY BEAST
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