sty·​lis·​tics stī-ˈli-stiks How to pronounce stylistics (audio)
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: an aspect of literary study that emphasizes the analysis of various elements of style (such as metaphor and diction)
: the study of the devices in a language that produce expressive value

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stylistics was circa 1883

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“Stylistics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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