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1. A particular word, phrase, or expression, especially one that is used by a particular person or group.
2. Style of speaking; phraseology: "My elderly patients teach me the locution of circumspection and concern" (Bernard Lown).
1. a word, phrase, or expression
2. manner or style of speech or expression
[C15: from Latin locūtiō an utterance, from loquī to speak]
1. a particular form of expression; a word, phrase, or expression, esp. as used by a particular person, group, etc.
2. a style of speech or verbal expression; phraseology.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin locūtiō speech, style of speech =locū-, variant s. of loquī to speak]
An individual word, phrase, or expression, or a particular person’s way of speaking.
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|Noun||1.||locution - a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression"|
Beatitude - one of the eight sayings of Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount; in Latin each saying begins with `beatus' (blessed); "her favorite Beatitude is `Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth'"
logion - a saying of Jesus that is regarded as authentic although it is not recorded in the Gospels
calque, calque formation, loan translation - an expression introduced into one language by translating it from another language; "`superman' is a calque for the German `Ubermensch'"
advice and consent - a legal expression in the United States Constitution that allows the Senate to constrain the President's powers of appointment and treaty-making
ambiguity - an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context
euphemism - an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh
dysphemism - an offensive or disparaging expression that is substituted for an inoffensive one; "his favorite dysphemism was to ask for axle grease when he wanted butter"
shucks - an expression of disappointment or irritation
speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication, oral communication, speech, language - (language) communication by word of mouth; "his speech was garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"
tongue twister - an expression that is difficult to articulate clearly; "`rubber baby buggy bumper' is a tongue twister"
southernism - a locution or pronunciation peculiar to the southern United States
adage, byword, proverb, saw - a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, set phrase, phrase, idiom - an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
agrapha - sayings of Jesus not recorded in the canonical Gospels
sumpsimus - a correct expression that takes the place of a popular but incorrect expression; "he preferred his erroneous but pleasing mumpsimus to the correct sumpsimus"