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diction (n.)

1540s, "a word," a sense now obsolete, from Late Latin dictionem (nominative dictio) "a saying, expression; a word; kind of delivery, style," noun of action from past-participle stem of Latin dicere "speak, tell, say" (source of French dire "to say"), which is related to dicare "proclaim, dedicate," from PIE root *deik- "to show," also "pronounce solemnly." Meaning "manner of saying," especially in reference to the choice of words, is from 1700.