Words that Describe Diction.
thought of apart from concrete realities, specific objects, or actual instances
conforming to set rules, standards, or traditions; conventional:
(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.
open to or having several possible meanings or interpretations; equivocal:
characterized by or expressing spontaneous, direct feeling:
cutting; sarcastic: a biting remark.
of the nature of or characterized by melody; tuneful.
high-sounding; high-flown; inflated; pretentious.
having only one syllable, as the word no.
abrupt in manner; blunt; rough:
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:
having a harsh or discordant sound. Origin:
offensive to morality or decency; indecent; depraved: obscene language.
seeming or tending to be indifferent to what is happening; apathetic; unconcerned:
(of meaning) not clear or plain; ambiguous, vague, or uncertain
severely critical or sarcastic:
causing resentful displeasure; highly irritating, angering, or annoying
constituting an actual thing or instance; real:
of no special quality or interest; commonplace; unexceptional
characteristic of or appropriate to ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech or writing; informal.
embellished with rhetoric; florid or high-flown:
presenting or suggesting vivid or striking scenes:
expressing, showing, or marked by intense or strong feeling; emotional:
widespread; general; ordinary:
expressing or inspired by patriotism:
the associated or secondary meaning of a word or expression in addition to its explicit or primary meaning:
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
(of writing, speech, etc.) strikingly graphic or vivid; creating detailed mental images:
brisk; sharp; clear; decided:
Concise, compressed, and abrupt in act or expression.
characterized by romantic imagery
in accordance with fact or the primary meaning of a term
of or pertaining to the law or government
showing lack of emotional involvement
(of words) long and ponderous
adj.) - causing conflict, opposition
(of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth
lacking stylistic embellishment
intended to attract notice and impress others
confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle
a country person
of an inoffensive substitute for offensive terminology
a soulful or amorous idealist
having a pleasant sound
commonplace and ordinary
given to or marked by sentiment or sentimentality
take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
glaringly vivid and graphic
having a curiously intricate quality
marked by elaborate rhetoric and elaborated with decorative details
a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)
(used of the meanings of words or text) not literal
restrained in style or quality
very informal and familiar
serving as a visible symbol for something abstract
(of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms
flat and uninspiring
affectedly grand; pretentious; high-flown; ridiculously exaggerated; impressive; great in size or scope; grand; Ex. grandiose ideas
pertaining to the art or skill involved in all kinds of work, science, sports, or business professions
(n) expression that is unique to one society (or country)
arousing to action or rebellion
bringing ideas together
pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals)
without formality, causal
not clearly understood or expressed
to not be honest when expressing a feeling
conspicuously and tastelessly indecent
Confused, unintelligible speech or highly technical speech.