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There was no "mine" or "thine" in the diction of the Wright brothers; only "we" and "ours."

It is needless to expatiate on its poetic merit or felicity of diction.

These ten lines are a fair specimen of the diction of the entire volume.

The churches are now teaching that religion is action, not diction.

My style is too finished, you understand, my diction too perfect.

The numbers are smooth and sprightly, and the diction is seldom faulty.

The diction is correct, the numbers are smooth, and the rhymes exact.

His ear was well-tuned, and his diction was elegant and copious.

Aristotle truly said that "the beginning of style is correctness of diction."

Some imagined that they recognised the sentiments and diction of Temple.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, "a word;" 1580s, "expression of ideas in words," from Late Latin dictionem (nominative dictio) "a saying, expression, word," noun of action from dic-, past participle stem of Latin dicere "speak, tell, say" (source of French dire "to say"), related to dicare "proclaim, dedicate," from PIE root *deik- "to point out" (cf. Sanskrit dic- "point out, show," Greek deiknynai "to prove," Latin digitus "finger," Old High German zeigon, German zeigen "to show," Old English teon "to accuse," tæcan "to teach").

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