Definition of locution in English:

locution

noun

  • 1A word or phrase, especially with regard to style or idiom.

    • ‘Today, any state-sponsored eugenic ideology would surely face considerable opposition, but instead we have (to use the barbarous locution now common) ‘privatized’ eugenic decisions.’
    • ‘At any rate, my defense of Barber's diction, if it needs one, is that not being graced or burdened with the role of authorized biographer, he may have felt authorized to employ unofficial, slangy locutions.’
    • ‘This reduces ‘constitutional right’ to a fancy locution for ‘rights I think are important’.’
    • ‘What I do remember about Eddie Rademeyer is a particular locution he favoured when a question of his was met with a blank stare by some poor uncomprehending pupil.’
    • ‘We are not using locutions of that kind in this case for reasons found in the history of the argument.’
    • ‘Even the most resistive of these locutions, however, do not explicitly embrace feminism or seek any larger political context.’
    • ‘Her locutions seem to have neither introductions nor conclusions but begin from a place of inquiry and intimacy.’
    • ‘This locution is recurrent in the accumulating commentary on Desiderio's paintings.’
    • ‘For these reasons, we try to help our students understand the pejorative implications of such stereotypical locutions and believe that what they say matters.’
    • ‘His earliest plays were political, ridiculing the wooden locutions of communist rhetoric.’
    • ‘The downside of using both locutions is redundancy; the upside is precision and clarity, though I realize that the trade-off here is controversial.’
    • ‘It is easy to paraphrase another author's ideas or incorporate his or her locutions without crediting the source.’
    • ‘One of my least favorite locutions in politics is the statement by an official or politician that someone's criticism of government policy is ‘unhelpful.’’
    • ‘Perhaps ‘unavoidable circumstances’ would be a better locution?’
    • ‘This depends on the interpreter's culturally specific understanding of the social significance of the locution.’
    • ‘In one of the courtrooms here, the air is thick with quaint-sounding British courtroom locutions.’
    • ‘What is chilling is that Mullen's masterfully deformed locutions sound more like clarifying paraphrases than like parodies.’
    • ‘Occasionally, we shall employ the locution, ‘land rent,’ which is technically redundant; we do so merely to provide recurring emphasis as a reminder of what is meant.’
    • ‘That locution is uttered as if it is some fatal sequence of human conduct.’
    • ‘These locutions are determinedly descriptive.’
    wording, diction, phrasing, phraseology, style, vocabulary, terminology, expressions, turns of phrase, parlance, manner of speaking, manner of writing, way of talking, form of expression, mode of expression, usages, locutions, idiolect, choice of words, rhetoric, oratory
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    1. 1.1 A person's style of speech.
      ‘his impeccable locution’
      • ‘Like the protagonists in the classic Hollywood films of Anthony Mann, Hawks or Ford, the leads of Collateral express themselves through their action as much as their locution.’
      oratory, rhetoric, grandiloquence, magniloquence
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  • 2An utterance regarded in terms of its intrinsic meaning or reference, as distinct from its function or purpose in context.

    Compare with illocution, perlocution
    • ‘The surface grammar of power locutions can be misleading in numerous ways.’
    • ‘The central claim of the prosentential theory is that ‘x is true’ functions as a prosentence-forming operator rather than a property-ascribing locution.’
    • ‘For our paraphrastic procedure to be comprehensive, it must work with contexts containing explicitly comparative locutions.’
    1. 2.1 Language regarded in terms of locutionary rather than illocutionary or perlocutionary acts.
      • ‘A key insight of this volume is Vanhoozer's correlation of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with locution, illocution, and perlocution, respectively.’
      • ‘In particular, speech act theory is built on his discussion of locution, illocution, and perlocution.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin locutio(n-), from loqui ‘speak’.

Pronunciation

locution

/ləˈkyo͞oSH(ə)n//ləˈkjuʃ(ə)n/