Examples of diction in a Sentence
- 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
- No one is better than Didion at using flatness of affect and formality of diction to convey seething anger and disdain. —New Yorker, 8 Oct. 2001
- When he sang Anatol in the world premiere of Samuel Barber's Vanessa, in 1958, Gedda's performance received high marks for impeccable diction and enunciation—in that mostly American cast, he was the only principal whose English could be understood. —Patrick J. Smith, Opera News, November 1999
The actor's diction was so poor I could hardly understand what he was saying.
The student's essay was full of careless diction.
Recent Examples of diction from the Web
Her work is known for its metaphors from nature and straightforward diction.
She and her co-stars aren’t out to create believable characters but to mimic someone’s idea of what very decent people were like in 19th-century New England, their diction refined, their belief systems undisturbed by Darwin.
Benjamin Ludwig, as Esmeralda’s love interest, has a delightfully booming voice but occasionally forgets musical-theater diction.
Whether Lucy or Alice is narrating, Mangan’s diction has the archaic gentility of someone incorrectly imagining how previous generations thought and spoke.
This was not always the case with the translations of the 1840s and 1850s—still the ones most likely to be found in American bookstores and libraries—which mimic the rather stiff, elevated diction of writers like Scott and James Fenimore Cooper.
His voice is sort of a rest cure from the truck-driver singing of grand opera, with superb diction and natural vocal elegance that should be an excellent fit with Schubert’s great song cycle.
These 45 career-spanning stories contain more artistry, humor, eyebrow-raising plot turns, and surprising diction than seems possible in one book.
Jordheim, Piques Eddy and Davis sing these operas in English with wonderful diction, making them easy to follow.
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Did You Know?
When your English teacher complains about some of the words you chose to use in an essay, she's talking about your diction. She may also use the term when commenting on the word choices made by a poet, and why a particular word was the best one possible in a particular line. But the second meaning of diction is just as common, and your English teacher might use that one on you as well, especially when she's asked you to read something aloud and you mumble your way through it.
Origin and Etymology of diction
DICTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of diction for English Language Learners
: the clearness of a person's speech
: the way in which words are used in speech or writing
DICTION Defined for Kids
Definition of diction for Students
- He has excellent diction for his age.
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