GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Gram.) the language of any one quoted without change in its form; as, he said “I can not come;” -- correlative to
indirect discourse, in which there is change of form; as, he said that he could not come. They are often called respectively by their Latin names, oratio directa, and oratio obliqua.
- n. a report of the exact words used in a discourse (e.g.,
“Since we had left Beersheva — since Holmes had come down on his neck so critically, in fact — Ali had withdrawn into himself, had tended to avoid direct discourse and avoided looking at us, particularly at Holmes.”
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