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Diction Words

Words that Describe Diction.
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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.