wordcraft

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From word +‎ craft.

Noun[edit]

wordcraft (usually uncountable, plural wordcrafts)

  1. Skill with words; crafty or clever use of words or speech, rhetoric.
    • 2000, Deirdre N. McCloskey, How to be human: though an economist:
      To identify a piece of speech in finance as rhetoric is not to damn it but to identify it as part of wordcraft.
    • 1990, J. P. Fokkelman, Narrative art and poetry in the books of Samuel: a full :
      It is the key concept in Jakobson's fundamental recognition of the importance of repetition in wordcraft and occurs in his definition what is literary [...]