phraseology

[frey-zee-ol-uh-jee]
noun
  1. manner or style of verbal expression; characteristic language: legal phraseology.
  2. 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 formsphra·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

Historical Examples of phraseological

  • But in the mechanical, phraseological movement of his thought he was able to hide himself.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

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

    Oscar Wilde

    Leonard Cresswell Ingleby


British Dictionary definitions for phraseological

phraseology

noun plural -gies
  1. the manner in which words or phrases are used
  2. a set of phrases used by a particular group of people
Derived Formsphraseological (ˌfreɪzɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivephraseologically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for phraseological

phraseology

n.

1550s, coined erroneously in Greek as phraseologia (1550s), from Greek phrasis "way of speaking" (see phrase (n.)) + -logia (see -logy). The correct form would be *phrasiology. Originally "a phrase book," meaning "way of arranging words, characteristic style of expression" is from 1660s.

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