Example sentences for: diction

How can you use “diction” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Cars stalled, the light gone hazy under leafless sycamores-- nature's diction, as casual as you asking for a last glass of water, whispers in my ear words cotton-mouthed and sere as sloughing bark littering the roadway, rush hour traffic halting, faltering like my hand the day I signed away your flesh to the crematory fire ...

  • It's a bedroom voice, menacing but seductive, with over-deliberate diction that implies, "I'm so powerful, so coiled, so masculine that I have to modulate my tone--or else."

  • It may be true that Boswell's formal, highly generalized diction, quite possibly encouraged by Malone, is no longer to our taste, that is, not the diction of twentieth-century biographers; but if so, so much the worse for 20th-century readers of biography.

  • Ever since the Norman invasion, people have preferred to use the longer Latinate terms over the blunt Anglo-Saxon words: the general feeling, with some small basis, is that such diction shows a touch of class.

  • During a NewsHour discussion of Vernon Jordan's testimony, Shields comes out with the bizarrely malapropos comment that Vernon Jordan's elocutionary style reminds him of nothing more than Barbara Jordan's measured diction.


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