Definition of locution in English:


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

    ‘These locutions are determinedly descriptive.’
    • ‘His earliest plays were political, ridiculing the wooden locutions of communist rhetoric.’
    • ‘This depends on the interpreter's culturally specific understanding of the social significance of the locution.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For these reasons, we try to help our students understand the pejorative implications of such stereotypical locutions and believe that what they say matters.’
    • ‘What is chilling is that Mullen's masterfully deformed locutions sound more like clarifying paraphrases than like parodies.’
    • ‘It is easy to paraphrase another author's ideas or incorporate his or her locutions without crediting the source.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In one of the courtrooms here, the air is thick with quaint-sounding British courtroom locutions.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘The downside of using both locutions is redundancy; the upside is precision and clarity, though I realize that the trade-off here is controversial.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We are not using locutions of that kind in this case for reasons found in the history of the argument.’
    • ‘This reduces ‘constitutional right’ to a fancy locution for ‘rights I think are important’.’
    • ‘Perhaps ‘unavoidable circumstances’ would be a better locution?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This locution is recurrent in the accumulating commentary on Desiderio's paintings.’
    • ‘That locution is uttered as if it is some fatal sequence of human conduct.’
    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
    1. 1.1A 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
  • 2An utterance regarded in terms of its intrinsic meaning or reference, as distinct from its function or purpose in context.

    Compare with illocution, perlocution

    ‘For our paraphrastic procedure to be comprehensive, it must work with contexts containing explicitly comparative locutions.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1Language 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.’



/lōˈkyo͞oSHən/ /loʊˈkjuʃən/


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