Diction

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ยท Diction is a writer's, or speaker's word choice. Diction is part of a writer's style and may be described as formal or informal, plain or ornate, common or technical, abstract or concrete.

  • Example: "The wrath of god is like great waters that are dammed for the present; they increase more and more, and rise higher and higher till an outlet is given; and the longer the stream is stopped, the more rapid and mighty is its course, when the stream is let loose (From Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards)."
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> Edwards uses a harsh tone that emphasizes on anger and that portrays a vengeful, omnipotent, and merciless God. Edward's understanding of God's relationship to mankind mirrors the relationship many people have with angry authority figures.

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