phra·​se·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌfrā-zē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce phraseology (audio) , frā-ˈzä- \
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Definition of phraseology

1 : a manner of organizing words and phrases into longer elements : style
2 : choice of words

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I recognized the writer's distinctive phraseology even before I saw the name. the unique phraseology of the suspect's answer stuck in my mind
Recent Examples on the Web His skillful management of the phraseology surrounding the epochal shift in monetary policy will go down as a classic case study in superior message control, and therefore superior public policy. George Calhoun, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 Hey, Mark, so we`re coming off four years of scorched earth, no one is calling for that, no one is calling for another round of memorable but horrible nicknames that reduced people to tiny school yard phraseology. NBC News, 20 Aug. 2021 Rabbi David Tzvi Hoffmann points out that these two sections open and close with similar phraseology, setting them off as distinct units. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 12 July 2021 For broader society, some comfort with new phraseology will come with its use, and the people whose lives are affected by these problems may begin to be more genuinely accepted. Star Tribune, 17 June 2021 The morale of the culture is revealed by a common menu of the characters to be admired or deplored, as well as the catchwords and clichés and incidental phraseology that convey the necessary features of an attitude. David Bromwich, Harper's Magazine, 27 Oct. 2020 The language of the legal papers is never tame, but even by Trump lawsuit standards, the phraseology of Mary Trump’s lawsuit is blistering. Andrea Bernstein, The New York Review of Books, 5 Oct. 2020 This phraseology is all too familiar for anyone who has closely followed the last decade of debate around climate change. Justin Worland, Time, 13 May 2020 Sleeveless doesn’t attempt this kind of verisimilitude, rarely foregrounding electronic devices or the sparse phraseology of online dialogue. Zoë Hu, The New Republic, 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of phraseology

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for phraseology

New Latin phraseologia, irregular from Greek phrasis + -logia -logy

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The first known use of phraseology was in 1604

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“Phraseology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of phraseology

: the way that a particular person or group uses words


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