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[frey-zee-ol-uh-jee] /ˌfreɪ ziˈɒl ə dʒi/
manner or style of verbal expression; characteristic language:
legal phraseology.
expressions; phrases:
obscure phraseology.
Origin of phraseology
1655-65; < New Greek phraseología (erroneously for *phrasiología), coined by German humanist Michael Neander (1525-95); see phrase, -o-, -logy
Related forms
[frey-zee-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌfreɪ zi əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
phraseologic, adjective
phraseologically, adverb
1. See diction. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for phraseology
  • However, the responders are doing the same thing by impinging on her character and getting cute with the phraseology.
  • The company neither admitted nor denied guilt as part of the settlement-a common phraseology in such deals.
  • Here tradition still animates many critics in the belief that real poetry must have exalted phraseology.
  • Such phraseology is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them.
  • For all the overwrought phraseology in the rest of your comment, this doesn't make any sense.
  • Unfortunate phraseology perhaps, but the intent seems to be that approval within the family mattered more than peer pressure.
  • The reason for my choice of the exact phraseology used was twofold.
  • Good phraseology enhances safety, and is the mark of a professional pilot.
  • These steps are being implemented to mitigate risk, standardize phraseology, and create a safer operating environment.
  • Example unique special provision phraseology is as follows.
British Dictionary definitions for phraseology


noun (pl) -gies
the manner in which words or phrases are used
a set of phrases used by a particular group of people
Derived Forms
phraseological (ˌfreɪzɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
phraseologically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for phraseology

1550s, coined erroneously in Greek as phraseologia (1550s), from Greek phrasis "way of speaking" (see phrase (n.)) + -logia (see -logy). The correct form would be *phrasiology. Originally "a phrase book," meaning "way of arranging words, characteristic style of expression" is from 1660s.

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