Diction meaning

dĭk'shən
Choice and use of words in speech or writing.
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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.

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Degree of clarity and distinctness of pronunciation in speech or singing; enunciation.
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Manner of expression in words; choice of words; wording.
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Manner of speaking or singing; enunciation.
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The effectiveness and degree of clarity of word choice, and presentation of said words.
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Origin of diction

  • Middle English diccion a saying, word from Old French from Latin dictiō dictiōn- rhetorical delivery from dictus past participle of dīcere to say, speak deik- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin dicere (“to speak”), from Proto-Indo-European *deyḱ- (“to show, point out”).
    From Wiktionary