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 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, "Is America Ungovernable?," 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, "Pattern of Deception: From Trump Family Business to Grifter in Chief," 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, "The Economic Principle That Tells Us a Lot About Coronavirus and Climate," 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, "Natasha Stagg Has No Illusions," 28 Oct. 2019 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

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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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9 Nov 2020

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“Phraseology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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

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