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

Nearby words

  1. phrasemonger,
  2. phraseogram,
  3. phraseograph,
  4. phraseological,
  5. phraseologist,
  6. phrasing,
  7. phratry,
  8. phreak,
  9. phreaking,
  10. phreatic

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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


noun plural -gies

the manner in which words or phrases are used
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



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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