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[stahy-lis-tiks] /staɪˈlɪs tɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
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 of stylistics
1840-50; see stylistic, -ics
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[stahy-li-stish-uh n] /ˌstaɪ lɪˈstɪʃ ən/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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  • stylistics is a systematic way of exploring how the language in the text patterns to create particular meanings and effects.
  • The discussion is divided between theoretical and practical aspects of stylistics.
British Dictionary definitions for stylistics


(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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