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stylistics

[stahy-lis-tiks] /staɪˈlɪs tɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the study and description of the choices of linguistic expression that are characteristic of a group or an individual in specific communicative settings, especially in literary works.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; see stylistic, -ics
Related forms
stylistician
[stahy-li-stish-uh n] /ˌstaɪ lɪˈstɪʃ ən/ (Show IPA),
noun
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stylistics

/staɪˈlɪstɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as singular or pl) a branch of linguistics concerned with the study of characteristic choices in use of language, esp literary language, as regards sound, form, or vocabulary, made by different individuals or social groups in different situations of use
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