noun Etymology: Latin diction-, dictio speaking, style, from dicere to say; akin to Old English tēon to accuse, Latin dicare to proclaim, dedicate, Greek deiknynai to show, dikē judgment, right Date: 1581 1. obsolete verbal description 2. choice of words especially with regard to correctness, clearness, or effectiveness 3. a. vocal expression ; enunciation b. pronunciation and enunciation of words in singing • dictional adjectivedictionally adverb

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  • diction — [ diksjɔ̃ ] n. f. • XIIe « expression »; lat. dictio 1 ♦ Vx Manière de dire, quant au choix et à l agencement des mots. ⇒ style. 2 ♦ (1549) Mod. Manière de dire, de débiter un discours, des vers, etc. ⇒ 1. débit, élocution. Professeur de diction …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Diction — (Latin: dictionem (nom. dictio) a saying, expression, word ),[1] in its original, primary meaning, refers to the writer s or the speaker s distinctive vocabulary choices and style of expression in a poem or story.[2] A secondary, common meaning… …   Wikipedia

  • Diction — Dic tion, n. [L. dicto a saying, a word, fr. dicere, dictum, to say; akin to dicare to proclaim, and to E. teach, token: cf. F. diction. See {Teach}, and cf. {Benison}, {Dedicate}, {Index}, {Judge}, {Preach}, {Vengeance}.] Choice of words for the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Diction — Diction, Stil, Sprache, Schreibart. Der Ausdruck wird meist von rhythmischen Dichtungen gebraucht und es heißt z. B.: In diesem Trauerspiele ist eine schöne, glänzende, oder eine schwülstige, unbeholfene Diction. – Bei der großen Ausbildung,… …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • diction — Diction. s. f. v. Elocution, choix des mots dont on compose un discours. Diction elegante. diction pure &c. Quelques uns s en servent aussi pour signifier Mot, terme particulier. Mais en ce sens son plus grand usage est dans le dogmatique. Cette… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • diction — DICTION. s. f. Élocution. La partie du style qui regarde le choix des paroles. Diction élégante. Diction pure. Diction vicieuse …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Dictĭon — (v. lat.), Sprach , Schreibart …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Diction — Diction, lat., Ausdrucksweise, Schreibart …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • diction — index parlance, phraseology, rhetoric (skilled speech), speech Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • diction — 1540s, a word; 1580s, expression of ideas in words, from L.L. dictionem (nom. dictio) a saying, expression, word, from dic , pp. stem of L. dicere speak, tell, say, related to dicare proclaim, dedicate, from PIE root *deik to point out (Cf. Skt.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • diction — *language, vocabulary, phraseology, phrasing, style Analogous words: speech, tongue, idiom, *language: enunciation, pronunciation, articulation (see corresponding verbs at ARTICULATE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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