diction

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n diction the manner in which something is expressed in words "use concise military verbiage"- G.S.Patton"
    • n diction the articulation of speech regarded from the point of view of its intelligibility to the audience
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Diction Choice of words for the expression of ideas; the construction, disposition, and application of words in discourse, with regard to clearness, accuracy, variety, etc.; mode of expression; language; as, the diction of Chaucer's poems. "His diction blazes up into a sudden explosion of prophetic grandeur."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n diction Expression of ideas by words; manner of saying; choice or selection of words; style.
    • n diction A word.
    • n diction Synonyms Diction, Phraseology, Style. Diction refers chiefly to the choice of words in any utterance or composition. Phraseology refers more to the manner of combining the words into phrases, clauses, and sentences: as, legal phraseology; but it also necessarily involves diction to some extent. Style covers both and more, referring not only to the words and the manner in which they are combined, but to everything that relates to the form in which thought is expressed, including peculiarities more or less personal to the writer or speaker.
    • n diction Dialect, Idiom, etc. See language.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Diction dik′shun a saying or speaking: manner of speaking or expressing: choice of words: style.
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Quotations

  • Martin Buber
    Martin Buber
    “We cannot avoid using power, cannot escape the compulsion to afflict the world, so let us, cautious in diction and mighty in contradiction, love powerfully.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dicto, a saying, a word, fr. dicere, dictum, to say; akin to dicare, to proclaim, and to E. teach, token,: cf. F. diction,. See Teach, and cf. Benison Dedicate Index Judge Preach Vengeance
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., from dicĕre, dictum, to say.

Usage

In literature:

He uses mostly end-stop couplets, parallel constructions, Augustan diction and similes.
"The Methodist" by Evan Lloyd
What purity of diction!
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
The young scholar's diction and versification were already such as veteran professors might envy.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Is the Diction Elegant?
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
The excellences and the blemishes of the diction come of the end sought to be attained by it.
"The Essays of "George Eliot" Complete" by George Eliot
The purity of their diction, and nothing else, has been their passport to immortality.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 349, November, 1844" by Various
That his diction reflects the conversational language of the better classes is recognized.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
He always came direct to the point; and the severest critics could find no fault in his diction.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 363, January, 1846" by Various
His diction was always remarkable for the best English, expressed in the happiest style.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
Even his diction shows this independence, this isolation.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
He was short and bent and spoke in a low voice with a curious nervous sniff, but his diction was notably precise and clear.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
Compare CONVERSATION; DICTION; LANGUAGE.
"English Synonyms and Antonyms" by James Champlin Fernald
And so much for diction.
"An Essay on True and Apparent Beauty in which from Settled Principles is Rendered the Grounds for Choosing and Rejecting Epigrams" by Pierre Nicole
His voice and diction seem to be well-nigh faultless.
"Three Years in the Federal Cavalry" by Willard Glazier
He had neither grace of diction nor charm of oratory.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, December 30, 1914" by Various
Smoothness of diction in a paragraph calls for the intelligent use of proper connective words between closely related sentences.
"Word Study and English Grammar" by Frederick W. Hamilton
He was unctuous and careful of his diction.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
The hymn of Cleanthes, in particular, is justly admired for the grandeur of its sentiments, and the sublimity of its diction.
"Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers" by Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts
They studied the art of beauty, and sought to refine metrical form and diction.
"Greek Women" by Mitchell Carroll
It deserves to be read for its felicity of diction, as well as for the justice of the thought expressed.
"Margaret Fuller (Marchesa Ossoli)" by Julia Ward Howe
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In poetry:

How sleep the brave who sink to rest,
Lulled by the waves of dreamy diction,
Like that appearing in the best
Of modern fiction!
""Bedbooks"" by Franklin Pierce Adams
It really ain't the place nor time
To reel off rhyming diction -
But yet we'll write a final rhyme
Whilst waiting cru-ci-fixion!
"Butchered to make a Dutchman's Holiday" by Harry Breaker Morant
It really ain’t the place nor time
To reel off rhyming diction ;
But yet we’ll write a final rhyme
While waiting crucifixion.
"Butchered to make a Dutchman's Holiday" by Harry Breaker Morant
Before you send me up that card
With rime and diction far from subtle,
Hear what a now rebellious bard
Says in a quasi-pre-rebuttal.
"Christmas Cards" by Franklin Pierce Adams
May noble thoughts in faultless words —
In clean white diction — make
It shine as shines the home of birds
And moss and leaf and lake.
"From the Forests" by Henry Kendall
No sting of pain can e'er atone,
No purging fire was ever known
For cleansing of a heart defiled
By falsehood; though it may be styled
In diction, affability,
It poisons like the upas tree.
"Lies" by Jared Barhite

In news:

Actress's Challenge in Change of Pace and Diction.
In such a liberal day and age where laws, marriage, and religion are in constant flux it's amazing how prudish some people can still be about basic diction .
China Lab Launch, Empathy, Science Diction , Contagion.
Higgs, Tomatoes, NOAA Satellites, Science Diction .
Sleep and Hammocks, Robopocalypse, Pervious Pavement, Science Diction : Radio.
Actress's Challenge in Change of Pace and Diction .
"Y'all" isn't welcome in Erica Tobolski's class in voice and diction at the University of South Carolina.
Giovanni's is old-school fine-dining: formal diction, thick linens and heavy flatware.
The president's diction can shift as he moves from one role to another.
When he heard himself dropping g' s, he stayed in and worked on his diction.
Sleep and Hammocks, Robopocalypse, Pervious Pavement, Science Diction: Radio.
The shop was in a working-class neighborhood, and young Vidal, dreaming of better things, took elocution lessons to rid himself of his cockney diction.
China Lab Launch, Empathy, Science Diction, Contagion .
I often daydream about wordsmithing my way into the dictionary someday, creating whole - isms , and being revered for my quirky and creative diction ISM magazine didn't just make up words.
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In science:

As we shall discuss, this model provides precise premodel has been called “self–similar” dictions on the shape and evolution of scaling relations between X –ray luminosity, entropy, total and gas mass, which have been tested against numerical hydrodynamical simulations (e.g., Eke et al. 1998; Bryan & Norman 1998).
Thermodynamical properties of the ICM from hydrodynamical simulations
For instance, here we use the theoretical pre diction that all the packings along RCP have the same z.
Theory of random packings
Particularly, the causal diamond measure apparently leads to the correct post-diction of the CC [125–127].
On the Unlikeliness of Multi-Field Inflation: Bounded Random Potentials and our Vacuum
We will show that M is injective by contraNow assume that M diction.
Lyubeznik numbers in mixed characteristic
For example, the pre­ about the current state could then be used to calibrate the general decision diction of the disease level in the next time step de­ model to the specific case.
MIDAS - An Influence Diagram for Management of Mildew in Winter Wheat
See teresting to match pulsational constraints with the pretext for further explanations. dictions of the evolutionary theory.
Nonlinear Investigation of the Pulsational Properties of RR Lyrae Variables
Some colleagues used to apply the defaming expression “post-dictions” to explanations.
Strange Quark Matter Theory
Uncertainties in hadron transport and intranuclear reactions for atmospheric neutrino interactions are considered the likely cause of the de ficit of high-multiplicity events in the MC pre diction.
Electron Energy Spectra, Fluxes, and Day-Night Asymmetries of $^{8}$B Solar Neutrinos from the 391-Day Salt Phase SNO Data Set
The figure shows that the pre dictions of the model based on the p mesons dominance are fairly consistent with the data, whereas the calculations based on the dominance of the r meson exchange differ from the data by more than four standard deviations.
Summary of studies of the eta meson production with polarized proton beam at COSY-11
So I think today’s value is kind of a post-diction.
Round Table Discussion at the Final Session of FPCP 2008: The Future of Flavor Physics and CP
He did not, as far as I know, comment on what this implied for retro diction. A case in point is an electron described by a spherically symmetric Schrödinger wave.
A Quantum Past
It is fair to say that in recent years lattice QCD has fulfilled one of its original promises the post-diction of the ground state light hadron spectrum.
Light hadron spectroscopy and pseudoscalar decay constants
Post-diction has become an art form at AGS and SPS energies.
Last Call for RHIC Predictions
Gyulassy, had the goal of updating and documenting the PRE-dictions for the upcoming RHIC experiments.
Last Call for RHIC Predictions
However, in light of increasingly precise observations, a full treatment of the higher-order radiation transfer functions of the CMB anisotropies is needed, which will allow us to make de finite pre diction of CMB non-Gaussianities (see for a recent review for non-Gaussianity on the CMB).
On non-linear CMB temperature anisotropy from gravitational perturbations
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