Definition of diction in English:


Syllabification: dic·tion
Pronunciation: /ˈdikSH(ə)n


1The choice and use of words and phrases in speech or writing: Wordsworth campaigned against exaggerated poetic diction
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  • But Pinsky's more fully developed critique is of an emerging poetic diction susceptible to a too easy appropriation.
  • Instead of poetic diction, we have expository prose.
  • Its flowery and elevated diction, however, deny the characters speech that approximates dialogue between real people.
2The style of enunciation in speaking or singing: she began imitating his careful diction
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  • Worshippers are encouraged to be careful about diction, stay in tune, sing exact note values, and avoid forcing the sound.
  • Of course, applied voice teachers around the world have used the IPA for decades to teach singing diction.
  • My already considerable admiration for Ms Olibert would have grown had she written on the problems associated with improper enunciation and diction.
enunciation, articulation, elocution, locution, pronunciation, speech, intonation, inflection;


mid 16th century (denoting a word or phrase): from Latin dictio(n-), from dicere 'to say'.

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