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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.


(Phonetics & Phonology) of or relating to diction
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But when Frost says, finally, "And they, since they/were not the one dead, turned to their affairs," the word "affairs" carries a tremendous amount of dictional implication.
The conjunctions are strange and surprising; this is not the "gradualist" approach of Wordsworth, brilliantly described by Eleanor Cook as one in which "Biblical words approach, enter, become part of everyday language almost imperceptibly sometimes." (15) On the contrary: this is a poem that labors at its idiosyncratic dictional blend.
Keats's poem, then, is a romance that contains the seeds of its own demystification: the dictional and tonal hints throughout that are allowed to infect the poem with a skeptical attitude about the romantic vision of love implied by the St.
But Pound lacked Heaney's sympathy for the parochial, and his interest in Frost was developed on formal, dictional grounds, and in spite of the local focus of his subject matter: