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1. Choice and use of words in speech or writing.
2. Degree of clarity and distinctness of pronunciation in speech or singing; enunciation.

[Middle English diccion, a saying, word, from Old French, from Latin dictiō, dictiōn-, rhetorical delivery, from dictus, past participle of dīcere, to say, speak; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]

dic′tion·al adj.
dic′tion·al·ly adv.


1. (Linguistics) the choice and use of words in writing or speech
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) the manner of uttering or enunciating words and sounds; elocution
[C15: from Latin dictiō a saying, mode of expression, from dīcere to speak, say]


(ˈdɪk ʃən)

1. style of speaking or writing as dependent upon choice of words.
2. the accent, inflection, intonation, and speech-sound quality manifested by a speaker or singer; enunciation.
[1400–50; late Middle English diccion < Late Latin dictiō word, Latin: rhetorical delivery]
dic′tion•al, adj.
dic′tion•al•ly, adv.



BBC English The speech of the announcers of the British Broadcasting Corporation, generally accepted as the epitome of correct British English pronunciation until the early 1970s, when announcers (“presenters” in England) with regional accents were allowed on the air. The term is often used disparagingly due to its connotations of affectation and pretentiousness:

Critics who enjoy making fun of what they are pleased to call “B.B.C. English” might with profit pay occasional visits to the other side of the Atlantic, in order to hear examples of our language as broadcast where there are no official “recommendations to announcers.” (Listener, 1932)

The expression is rapidly losing its significance.

the King’s English Perfectly spoken English; also, the Queen’s English. The British monarch has long been considered the paragon of flawless diction, notwithstanding the fact that many of the kings and queens spoke with heavy accents. The expression was used in Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor:

Abusing of God’s patience, and the King’s English. (I, iv)

Received Pronunciation British English as spoken at Oxford and Cambridge, and in England’s public schools; often abbreviated RP. This term describes the speech of England’s cultured, educated class; it has no dialectal or regional characteristics or boundaries but is recognized throughout the country as the hallmark of the educated Englishman.


A person’s choice and use of words and expressions in speaking or writing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.diction - the articulation of speech regarded from the point of view of its intelligibility to the audiencediction - the articulation of speech regarded from the point of view of its intelligibility to the audience
articulation - the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech
mumbling - indistinct enunciation
2.diction - the manner in which something is expressed in words; "use concise military verbiage"- G.S.Patton
formulation, expression - the style of expressing yourself; "he suggested a better formulation"; "his manner of expression showed how much he cared"
mot juste - the appropriate word or expression
verbalisation, verbalization - the words that are spoken in the activity of verbalization


noun pronunciation, speech, articulation, delivery, fluency, inflection, intonation, elocution, enunciation Clear diction is important in public speaking.


Choice of words and the way in which they are used:
أُسْلوب، طَريقَة كَلام
dikcijaizteiksmes veids


[ˈdɪkʃən] N (= pronunciation) → dicción f (Literat) → lengua f, lenguaje m


[ˈdɪkʃən] n [singer, speaker] → diction f, élocution f


(Liter) → Diktion f; poetic dictionpoetische Sprache
(= way of speaking)Diktion f


[ˈdɪkʃn] ndizione f


(ˈdikʃən) noun
the manner of speaking. Her diction is always very clear.
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