- style of speaking or writing as dependent upon choice of words: good diction.
- the accent, inflection, intonation, and speech-sound quality manifested by an individual speaker, usually judged in terms of prevailing standards of acceptability; enunciation.
Origin of diction
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Examples from the Web for dictions
Let us see whether there are any contra- dictions in the Bible.
This verb must be always placed at the end of the sentence, and answers to the English dictions “It is said” “They or people say”.English-Bisaya Grammar
Civilization is a mixture of dictions and contradictions and none of us to-day is sure that we know just what it means.
The contra- 410 dictions and discrepancies are only apparent, and melt away before the light of faith.
- the choice and use of words in writing or speech
- the manner of uttering or enunciating words and sounds; elocution
Word Origin and History for dictions
1540s, "a word;" 1580s, "expression of ideas in words," from Late Latin dictionem (nominative dictio) "a saying, expression, word," noun of action from dic-, past participle stem of Latin dicere "speak, tell, say" (source of French dire "to say"), related to dicare "proclaim, dedicate," from PIE root *deik- "to point out" (cf. Sanskrit dic- "point out, show," Greek deiknynai "to prove," Latin digitus "finger," Old High German zeigon, German zeigen "to show," Old English teon "to accuse," tæcan "to teach").
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.”