(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. expression; enunciation. See speech.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. style, expression, wording, phrasing, usage, choice of words, command of language, literary artistry, manner of expression, literary power, locution, rhetoric, fluency, oratory, pronunciation, articulation, enunciation, delivery, elocution, vocabulary, phraseology, verbiage, language, Sprachgef?hl (German), lingo*, gift of gab*; see also eloquence 1 , speech 2 , wording .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
vocabulary, wording, articulation, enunciation, expression, eloquence, usage, pronunciation, phraseology, language, inflection, elocution.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun Choice of words and the way in which they are used: parlance, phrase, phraseology, phrasing, verbalism, wordage, wording. See WORDS.

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  • diction — [ diksjɔ̃ ] n. f. • XIIe « expression »; lat. dictio 1 ♦ Vx Manière de dire, quant au choix et à l agencement des mots. ⇒ style. 2 ♦ (1549) Mod. Manière de dire, de débiter un discours, des vers, etc. ⇒ 1. débit, élocution. Professeur de diction …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Diction — (Latin: dictionem (nom. dictio) a saying, expression, word ),[1] in its original, primary meaning, refers to the writer s or the speaker s distinctive vocabulary choices and style of expression in a poem or story.[2] A secondary, common meaning… …   Wikipedia

  • Diction — Dic tion, n. [L. dicto a saying, a word, fr. dicere, dictum, to say; akin to dicare to proclaim, and to E. teach, token: cf. F. diction. See {Teach}, and cf. {Benison}, {Dedicate}, {Index}, {Judge}, {Preach}, {Vengeance}.] Choice of words for the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Diction — Diction, Stil, Sprache, Schreibart. Der Ausdruck wird meist von rhythmischen Dichtungen gebraucht und es heißt z. B.: In diesem Trauerspiele ist eine schöne, glänzende, oder eine schwülstige, unbeholfene Diction. – Bei der großen Ausbildung,… …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • diction — Diction. s. f. v. Elocution, choix des mots dont on compose un discours. Diction elegante. diction pure &c. Quelques uns s en servent aussi pour signifier Mot, terme particulier. Mais en ce sens son plus grand usage est dans le dogmatique. Cette… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • diction — DICTION. s. f. Élocution. La partie du style qui regarde le choix des paroles. Diction élégante. Diction pure. Diction vicieuse …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Dictĭon — (v. lat.), Sprach , Schreibart …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Diction — Diction, lat., Ausdrucksweise, Schreibart …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • diction — index parlance, phraseology, rhetoric (skilled speech), speech Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • diction — 1540s, a word; 1580s, expression of ideas in words, from L.L. dictionem (nom. dictio) a saying, expression, word, from dic , pp. stem of L. dicere speak, tell, say, related to dicare proclaim, dedicate, from PIE root *deik to point out (Cf. Skt.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • diction — *language, vocabulary, phraseology, phrasing, style Analogous words: speech, tongue, idiom, *language: enunciation, pronunciation, articulation (see corresponding verbs at ARTICULATE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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