Words to describe diction

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words to describe diction

Jargon

language to a particular profession

vulgar

hints that language used is deficient in taste and refinement; coarse and base, EX: GODDAMN FBI DONT RESPECT NOTHIN

scholarly

having the qualities of a scholar

insipid

without interesting qualities

precise

definate of exact

esoteric

understood by a select few who have special knowledge

connotative

secondary meaning in addition to primary

plain

clear or distinct

literal

being strict to the primary meaning of the word

colloquial

ordinary familiar language opposed to formal in a location
EX: "Bloody Hell" -ROn harry potter

artificial

lacking naturalness

detached

opposite tone a reader would expect

emotional

having feelings of joy, sorrow, fear, hate, love

pedantic

borish language intended to display emotion

euphonious

pleasant sounding

cacophonous

harsh sounding

euphemistic

expression to substitute a harsh word

pretentious

full of pretending

sensuous

perceived by or affecting the senses

exact

strictly accurate

learned

connected or involved with pursuit of knowledge

symbolic

characterized by symbols

simple

easy to understand

figurative

involving a figurative speech

bombastic

(adj.) pompous or overblown in language; full of high-sounding words intended to conceal a lack of ideas

abstruse

hard to understand, recondite, esoteric, only by a few

grotesque

odd or unnatural in shape, appearance, character

concrete

representing an actual thing over quality
ex: cat, water, teacher

poetic

characteristics of rhythimatical composition

moralistic

concerned with or relating to human behavior

slang

informal vocab

idiomatic

using expressions native to a speaker

cultured

enlightened

picturesque

resembling to a painting

homespun

plain, unpolished, unsophisticated, simple, rustic

provincial

having manners, view points,etc. considered characteristic of unsophisticated inhabitants of a province

trite

lacking freshness because of constant use of excessive repetition

obscure

not clear, plain, ambigous

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