Origin of phrasing
- a sequence of two or more words arranged in a grammatical construction and acting as a unit in a sentence.
- (in English) a sequence of two or more words that does not contain a finite verb and its subject or that does not consist of clause elements such as subject, verb, object, or complement, as a preposition and a noun or pronoun, an adjective and noun, or an adverb and verb.
verb (used with object), phrased, phras·ing.
- to mark off or bring out the phrases of (a piece), especially in execution.
- to group (notes) into a phrase.
verb (used without object), phrased, phras·ing.
Origin of phrase
Synonyms for phrase
Related Words for phrasingphrase, diction, terminology, style, language, locution, mode, words, parlance, verbalism, phraseology, manner, wordage
Examples from the Web for phrasing
Contemporary Examples of phrasing
And look at how mild her phrasing was: The South “has not always been the friendliest place” for black people.Why You Can’t Tell the Truth About Race
November 3, 2014
Gaga is especially convincing at slower tempos, and this is where weaknesses in phrasing are typically most exposed.Can Lady Gaga Do Jazz?
September 22, 2014
This is a more diplomatic way of phrasing my first post-election suggestion: "Insult fewer people next time."Bravo to the RNC's Big Steps Forward
March 20, 2013
“That phrasing was very clumsy and poorly expresses my thoughts,” she explained.Twitter Campaign Forces Carla Bruni-Sarkozy to Backpedal on Feminism
December 1, 2012
Many readers thought our phrasing of "fairness" was a bit vague and made the question hard to answer.Poll Results: President Should Keep Campaigning on Fairness
April 10, 2012
Historical Examples of phrasing
I have only one reply for these persons; and, phrasing it as politely as I can, I say to them that they are all liars.The Old Game
Samuel G. Blythe
The phrasing was unfortunate, though its conciliatory intention was obvious.Cleo The Magnificent
No amount of hacking work can take away the eloquence of this phrasing.Epic and Romance
W. P. Ker
He hung fire; he wanted me to help him by phrasing what he meant.The Real Thing and Other Tales
For Bathsheba's phrasing of life was in the monosyllables of a rigid faith.The Guardian Angel
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Word Origin for phrase
1610s, verbal noun from phrase (v.).
1520s, "manner or style of expression," also "group of words with some unity," from Late Latin phrasis "diction," from Greek phrasis "speech, way of speaking, enunciation, phraseology," from phrazein "to express, tell," from phrazesthai "to consider," from PIE *gwhren- "to think" (see frenetic). The musical sense of "short passage" is from 1789.
"to put into a phrase," 1560s; see phrase (n.). Related: Phrased; phrasing.