noun dic·tion \ˈdik-shən\

: the clearness of a person's speech

: the way in which words are used in speech or writing

Full Definition of DICTION

obsolete :  verbal description
:  choice of words especially with regard to correctness, clearness, or effectiveness
a :  vocal expression :  enunciation
b :  pronunciation and enunciation of words in singing
dic·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
dic·tion·al·ly \-ē\ adverb

Examples of DICTION

  1. He has wisely chosen to render almost all the material in what novelists and writers of creative nonfiction like to call close third person, approximating the diction and consciousness of his characters but retaining the freedom to wander into the bigger picture. —Thomas Mallon, New York Times Book Review, 22 Feb. 2009

Origin of DICTION

Latin diction-, dictio speaking, style, from dicere to say; akin to Old English tēon to accuse, Latin dicare to proclaim, dedicate, Greek deiknynai to show, dikē judgment, right
First Known Use: 1581

Rhymes with DICTION

DICTION Defined for Kids


noun dic·tion \ˈdik-shən\

Definition of DICTION for Kids

:  choice of words especially with regard to correctness, clearness, and effectiveness
:  the ability to say words <He has excellent diction for his age.>


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