direct discourse

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In grammar, direct discourse is speech which is reported by using the exact words that the speaker used. [mainly AM]
(in BRIT, usually use direct speech)

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Direct discourse — Direct Di*rect , a. [L. directus, p. p. of dirigere to direct: cf. F. direct. See {Dress}, and cf. {Dirge}.] 1. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct line; direct means …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • direct discourse — direct′ dis′course n. gram. direct speech …   From formal English to slang

  • direct discourse — noun a report of the exact words used in a discourse (e.g., he said I am a fool ) • Syn: ↑direct quotation • Ant: ↑indirect discourse • Hypernyms: ↑report, ↑account …   Useful english dictionary

  • direct discourse — di.rect discourse n [U] AmE technical ↑direct speech …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • direct discourse — quotation of a speaker in which the speaker s exact words are repeated. Cf. indirect discourse. * * * …   Universalium

  • direct discourse — di,rect discourse noun uncount AMERICAN LINGUISTICS the exact words that someone has said. In writing, they are shown inside QUOTATION MARKS …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • direct discourse — noun (U) an American form of the expression direct speech …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Direct — Di*rect , a. [L. directus, p. p. of dirigere to direct: cf. F. direct. See {Dress}, and cf. {Dirge}.] 1. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct line; direct means. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Direct action — Direct Di*rect , a. [L. directus, p. p. of dirigere to direct: cf. F. direct. See {Dress}, and cf. {Dirge}.] 1. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct line; direct means …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Direct evidence — Direct Di*rect , a. [L. directus, p. p. of dirigere to direct: cf. F. direct. See {Dress}, and cf. {Dirge}.] 1. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct line; direct means …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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