- The definition of diction is the style of speech, or the choice of words in speaking or writing.
- 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.
- manner of expression in words; choice of words; wording
- manner of speaking or singing; enunciation
Origin: Classical Latin dictio, a speaking (in Late Latin word) ; from past participle of dicere, to say, origin, originally , point out inch(es) 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
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- Choice and use of words in speech or writing.
- Degree of clarity and distinctness of pronunciation in speech or singing; enunciation.
Origin: Middle 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.
- dicˈtion·al adjective
- dicˈtion·al·ly adverb
diction - Cultural Definition
The choice of words. Diction is effective when words are appropriate to an audience. A man might refer to his car as his “wheels” in casual conversation with a friend, but if he were writing an essay for a group of economists, he would write, “People base their decision to buy an automobile on the following considerations,” not “People base their decision to buy wheels on the following considerations.”