Definition of diction in English:


Line breaks: dic|tion
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪkʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 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, speech pattern, manner of speaking, intonation, inflection; delivery, utterance, speech-making, public speaking, declamation, oratory; fluency


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

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