Definition of diction in English:

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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.
phraseology, phrasing, turn of phrase, wording, language, usage, vocabulary, terminology, expressions, idioms
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'.

Words that rhyme with diction

addiction, affliction, benediction, constriction, conviction, crucifixion, depiction, dereliction, eviction, fiction, friction, infliction, interdiction, jurisdiction, malediction, restriction, transfixion, valediction

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Syllabification: dic·tion

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