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Words to describe diction

words to describe diction
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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