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Friday, May 09, 2014

Definitions for diction

  1. style of speaking or writing as dependent upon choice of words: good diction.
  2. the accent, inflection, intonation, and speech-sound quality manifested by an individual speaker, usually judged in terms of prevailing standards of acceptability; enunciation.

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Citations for diction
But the main characters themselves are not credible, with their mythic passions, expressed in diction more formal and flowery than would ever issue from a boy of the slums and a girl from the world of pampered inanity. Rhoda Koenig, "Rio Is Rich," New York, 1994
But wise men pierce this rotten diction and fasten words again to visible things; so that picturesque language is at once a commanding certificate that he who employs it is a man in alliance with truth and God. Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Nature," 1836
Origin of diction
late Middle English
Diction stems from the Latin dīcere meaning "to say." The term entered English in the early 1400s.