Diction Words

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Words that Describe Diction.

Abstract

thought of apart from concrete realities, specific objects, or actual instances

Academic

conforming to set rules, standards, or traditions; conventional:

Loaded

(of a word, statement, or argument) charged with emotional or associative significance that hinders rational or unprejudiced consideration of the terms involved in a discourse.

ambiguous

open to or having several possible meanings or interpretations; equivocal:

lyrical

characterized by or expressing spontaneous, direct feeling:

biting

cutting; sarcastic: a biting remark.

melodious

of the nature of or characterized by melody; tuneful.

bombastic

high-sounding; high-flown; inflated; pretentious.

monosyllabic

having only one syllable, as the word no.

brusque

abrupt in manner; blunt; rough:

nostalgic

a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one's life, to one's home or homeland, or to one's family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time:

cacophonous

having a harsh or discordant sound. Origin:

obscene

offensive to morality or decency; indecent; depraved: obscene language.

casual

seeming or tending to be indifferent to what is happening; apathetic; unconcerned:

obscure

(of meaning) not clear or plain; ambiguous, vague, or uncertain

caustic

severely critical or sarcastic:

offensive

causing resentful displeasure; highly irritating, angering, or annoying

concrete

constituting an actual thing or instance; real:

ordinary

of no special quality or interest; commonplace; unexceptional

colloquial

characteristic of or appropriate to ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech or writing; informal.

ornate

embellished with rhetoric; florid or high-flown:

colorful

presenting or suggesting vivid or striking scenes:

passionate

expressing, showing, or marked by intense or strong feeling; emotional:

common

widespread; general; ordinary:

patriotic

expressing or inspired by patriotism:

connotative

the associated or secondary meaning of a word or expression in addition to its explicit or primary meaning:

pedantic

overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, esp. in teaching., Adjective that describes the word, phrases, or general tone that is overly scholarly, academic, or bookish

cultured

enlightened; refined.

picturesque

(of writing, speech, etc.) strikingly graphic or vivid; creating detailed mental images:

crisp

brisk; sharp; clear; decided:

curt

Concise, compressed, and abrupt in act or expression.

poetic

characterized by romantic imagery

denotative

in accordance with fact or the primary meaning of a term

political

of or pertaining to the law or government

detached

showing lack of emotional involvement

polysyllabic

(of words) long and ponderous

divisive

adj.) - causing conflict, opposition

precise

(of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth

emotional

extravagantly demonstrative

plain

lacking stylistic embellishment

Pretentious

intended to attract notice and impress others

esoteric

confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle

provincial

a country person

euphemistic

of an inoffensive substitute for offensive terminology

romantic

a soulful or amorous idealist

euphonious

having a pleasant sound

scholarly

intelligent

everyday

commonplace and ordinary

sentimental

given to or marked by sentiment or sentimentality

exact

take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs

shocking

glaringly vivid and graphic

fanciful

having a curiously intricate quality

sincere

open and genuine

flowery

marked by elaborate rhetoric and elaborated with decorative details

slang

a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)

figurative

(used of the meanings of words or text) not literal

subdued

restrained in style or quality

folksy

very informal and familiar

symbolic

serving as a visible symbol for something abstract

formal

(of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms

tame

flat and uninspiring

grandiose

affectedly grand; pretentious; high-flown; ridiculously exaggerated; impressive; great in size or scope; grand; Ex. grandiose ideas

technical

pertaining to the art or skill involved in all kinds of work, science, sports, or business professions

idiomatic

(n) expression that is unique to one society (or country)

trite

repeated too often

inflammatory

arousing to action or rebellion

unifying

bringing ideas together

inflated

pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals)

uppity

presumptuously arrogant

informal

without formality, causal

vague

not clearly understood or expressed

insincere

to not be honest when expressing a feeling

vulgar

conspicuously and tastelessly indecent

jargon

Confused, unintelligible speech or highly technical speech.

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