- 1The choice and use of words and phrases in speech or writing: Wordsworth campaigned against exaggerated poetic dictionMore example sentences
- 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 dictionMore example sentences
- 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.
mid 16th century (denoting a word or phrase): from Latin dictio(n-), from dicere 'to say'.