Definition of direct discourse in English:

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direct discourse

Pronunciation: /dəˈrekt/ /dīˈrekt disˈkôrs/

noun

chiefly North American
Another term for direct speech.
Example sentences
  • The direct discourse of the novel's black speech community and the initial standard English of the narrator come together to form a third term, a truly double-voiced narrative mode.
  • From this point on, Bontemps does not return to a communal free direct discourse, but instead intersperses individual interior monologues with direct narration and direct discourse.
  • Verse 11 is a narrative reference to the angel standing on the right side of the altar of incense; v 19 is direct discourse in which the angel identifies himself as Gabriel, the one who stands in the presence of God.

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Syllabification: di·rect dis·course

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