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diction

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Linguistics, Literature
dictiondic‧tion /ˈdɪkʃən/ noun [uncountable]  1 SLthe way in which someone pronounces wordsclear/perfect/good etc diction She had perfect diction.2 ALthe choice and use of words and phrases to express meaning, especially in literature
Examples from the Corpus
dictionAbove all, Plomer merely touches on the Elizabethan cadence and diction.It produces incongruity of style where the thoughts and diction differ from the poet's own.If one can speak of a vocal Achilles heel, then Miss Roocroft's is still her cloudy diction.There was a lot of concentration on the voice and good diction.His diction is generally poor and his words often inaudible.A Song To St Helena was sung with clarity of diction and musical conviction.In matters of diction, the author has a taste for folksy slang.Johnson's notion of poetic diction distinguishes it clearly from prose.In so far as he contended for a reformation of poetic diction, he undertook a useful task.They were sentimental as could be, and the rhymes were strained, and the diction archaic.clear/perfect/good etc dictionThere was a lot of concentration on the voice and good diction.Understanding is not conveyed solely through clear diction but has a lot to do with the language used.The performance, like the recording, is excellent with clear diction from the London Philharmonic Choir.
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