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phraseology (fray-zee-OL-uh-jee) noun

1. The manner or style of expression in words.

2. The set of expressions used by a person or group.

[Erroneously coined by humanist Michael Neander (1525-1595). The correct Modern Greek form is phrasiologia (phrasiology).]

See more usage examples of phraseology in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"Ask Hitchcock about that and he'll give a simple shrug and then fill everyone's tape recorders with numbing phraseology about learning curves and team building and focus."
Rob Parent; With Words, Hitch Has the Flyers Ready; Delaware County Daily Times (Pennsylvania); Apr 17, 2004.

"Mr Chernomyrdin said that 'NATO will command the NATO force, Russia the Russian forces' in Kosovo in any peacekeeping deal. ... The Russian's phraseology immediately fuelled speculation about a virtual partition of Kosovo."
Europe: Breakthrough in Kosovo?; The Economist (London, UK); Jun 5, 1999.

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