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

Definition of phraseology

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

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Synonyms for phraseology


fashion, locution, manner, mode, style, tone, vein

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Examples of phraseology in a Sentence

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

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The great helmsman recounted the youthful dissenters’ arrest and repeated the axe phraseology. David B. Moore, Quartz Africa, "The many failures and betrayals of Robert Mugabe to his people," 7 Sep. 2019 Dominant and tonic chords (aka V and I chords) are the most common in classical music, playing a vital role in musical phraseology, and there are many variants within those two broad classifications. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Roll over, Beethoven: Decoding the maestro’s musical style with statistics," 3 Aug. 2019 His expletive phraseology is particularly entertaining — original and hysterical. Matthew Gilbert,, "David Simon versus Twitter," 24 June 2018 After they're seated, Brock gently coaches Bourdain on the intricacies of Waffle House hash brown phraseology. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Watch Anthony Bourdain's First Meal at Waffle House: "It Is Indeed Marvelous"," 13 June 2018 Now the latest market froth is contributing its own colorful phraseology. Dan Beucke,, "Hello, inflation, my old friend. What you need to know about financial markets today," 14 Feb. 2018 After promising to create the images, Rockwell faced the difficult task of transforming governmental phraseology into evocative tableaux on canvas. Alice George, Smithsonian, "Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms Brought the Ideals of America to Life," 5 Feb. 2018 Rabbi David Tzvi Hoffman points out that these two sections open and close with similar phraseology setting them off as distinct units. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "Weiss: The nature and structure of the book of Devarim," 24 July 2017 On numerous occasions, China’s President has used almost the same phraseology. Hannah Beech, The New Yorker, "Rex Tillerson’s Deferential Visit to China," 21 Mar. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of phraseology

formal : the way that a particular person or group uses words

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a topic to which one constantly reverts

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