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Diction definitions for Lang and Comp


Refers to a group of recently coined words often used in informal situations.

Colloquial Expressions

Non standard, usually regional. Ways of using language appropriate to informal or conversational speech and writing. (Y'all)


Words and expressions characteristic of a particular trade, profession and pursuit.


A nonstandard subgroup of a language with its own vocabulary and grammar features. Writers often use regional dialects or dialects that reveal a person's economic or social class.

Concrete Diction

Specific words that describe physical qualities or

Abstract Diction

Refers to language that denotes ideas, emotions,
conditions, or concepts that are intangible.


The implicit rather than explicit meaning of a word; consists
of the suggestions, associations, and emotional overtones attached to a word.


The exact, literal definition of a word independent of any
emotional association or secondary meaning.

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