The diction in the children's storybook contained short sentences to make it easy to comprehend.
- When you have a posh and formal way of speaking, this is an example of proper diction.
- A choice to use poetic language in writing is an example of diction.
The definition of diction is the style of speech, or the choice of words in speaking or writing.
- manner of expression in words; choice of words; wording
- manner of speaking or singing; enunciation
Origin of dictionClassical Latin dictio, a speaking (in LL, word) from past participle of dicere, to say, origin, originally , point out in words from Indo-European base an unverified form deik-, to point out from source Classical Greek deiknynai, to prove, German zeigen, to show, Old English teon, to accuse, tæcan, teach
- Choice and use of words in speech or writing.
- Degree of clarity and distinctness of pronunciation in speech or singing; enunciation.
Origin of dictionMiddle English diccion a saying, word from Old French from Latin dictiō dictiōn- rhetorical delivery from dictus past participle of dīcere to say, speak ; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
- The effectiveness and degree of clarity of word choice, and presentation of said words.