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direct discourse

[ dih-rekt-dis-kawrs, dahy- ]
/ dɪˈrɛkt ˈdɪs kɔrs, daɪ- /
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noun
a representation of speech in which the speaker's exact words are repeated, as in She said, “I'm not at all hungry.”
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Also called di·rect speech [dih-rekt-speech, dahy-] /dɪˈrɛkt ˈspitʃ, daɪ-/ .

Origin of direct discourse

First recorded in 1845–50
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