Definition of phraseology in US English:

phraseology

noun

  • A mode of expression, especially one characteristic of a particular speaker or writer.

    ‘legal phraseology’
    • ‘There is no science of cookery possible without a correct phraseology.’
    • ‘The phraseology might have been a bit offside, though.’
    • ‘This phraseology, Lakoff argues, implies first that tax is a burden or a virulent disease which cries out for a cure.’
    • ‘My phraseology was perhaps too colloquial and informal - I was trying to pay them a compliment for getting the story.’
    • ‘On the air since January 2, it is, to use the cliched phraseology, a television show with a difference in the sense that it has Ruby playing a double role in all the episodes.’
    • ‘Note the cautious phraseology, which implies that these could have nothing more than a placebo effect: if you think a treatment is doing you good, then you may well perk up a bit anyway.’
    • ‘‘The phraseology used in the past is not going to disappear because of the new guidelines,’ he said.’
    • ‘Even in social circles there are serious attempts to change some words and phraseologies to remove the connotations that these terminologies have acquired over a long time.’
    • ‘I know that my phraseology and way of putting things is sometimes a bit direct.’
    • ‘More often, Carson employs a sort of linguistic camp: a phraseology that is obviously exaggerated or out of place, but which is meant to be relished for that very reason.’
    • ‘We know that he valued Kierkegaard and Schopenhauer, and one of the most wonderful of his later poems raids Coleridge for its closing phraseology.’
    • ‘This phraseology is open to numerous interpretations, and hopefully the yet-to-be published regulations will provide assistance to employers.’
    • ‘Such phraseology is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them.’
    • ‘This phraseology cannot be very assuring to the Karzai government.’
    • ‘Sure enough, he is attempting to ‘keep a lid on things’ - part of his staple phraseology.’
    • ‘But most readers can probably recognize the cloying phraseology as self-serving.’
    • ‘Though the phraseology is a bit confusing, the technique is relatively simple.’
    • ‘Hardy's rhetoric allows the critic to overlook the simple wrongness of Tess's act, and mask it in a neutral phraseology more appropriate to suicide or death by natural causes than homicide.’
    • ‘So spare me your showy concern for sensitivity by using the appropriate phraseology.’
    • ‘So I was strict, marking the Custer manuscript heavily, lacing into its phraseology, conception, and organization.’
    wording, choice of words, phrasing, usage, idiom, diction, parlance, words, language, vocabulary, terminology
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from modern Latin phraseologia, from Greek phraseōn, genitive plural of phrasis ‘a phrase’ + -logia (see -logy).

Pronunciation

phraseology

/ˌfreɪziˈɑlədʒi//ˌfrāzēˈäləjē/