phraseology

[ frey-zee-ol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌfreɪ ziˈɒl ə dʒi /
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noun

manner or style of verbal expression; characteristic language: legal phraseology.
expressions; phrases: obscure phraseology.

Origin of phraseology

1655–65; < New Greek phraseología (erroneously for *phrasiología), coined by German humanist Michael Neander (1525–95); see phrase, -o-, -logy

Related forms

phra·se·o·log·i·cal [frey-zee-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌfreɪ zi əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, phra·se·o·log·ic, adjectivephra·se·o·log·i·cal·ly, adverb

Synonym study

1. See diction.
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Examples from the Web for phraseological

  • Underlying those "phraseological inversions," so daintily cooed by the dove, was the wisdom of the serpent.

    Oscar Wilde|Leonard Cresswell Ingleby
  • But in the mechanical, phraseological movement of his thought he was able to hide himself.

    Erik Dorn|Ben Hecht

British Dictionary definitions for phraseological

phraseology

/ (ˌfreɪzɪˈɒlədʒɪ) /

noun plural -gies

the manner in which words or phrases are used
a set of phrases used by a particular group of people

Derived Forms

phraseological (ˌfreɪzɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivephraseologically, adverb
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