Definition of dialogism in English:

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Pronunciation: /dīˈaləˌjizəm/


The use in a text of different tones or viewpoints, whose interaction or contradiction is important to the text’s interpretation.
Example sentences
  • My concept of intertextuality thus goes back to Bakhtin's dialogism and Barthes' text theory.
  • Toward this end, Fast proposes a poetics of relationality grounded in ideas of dialogue and dialogism, concepts she borrows from Russian theorist M. M. Bakhtin.
  • This essay will explore how In the Time of the Butterflies coincides strongly with the Russian philosopher's discussions of the genetic characteristics, polyphonic discourse, and dialogism of the novel.


Mid 16th century: from late Latin dialogismos, from Greek dialogizesthai 'to converse', from dialogos 'discourse' (see dialogue).

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Syllabification: di·al·o·gism

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