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Meaning of indirect discourse

in'direct dis'course

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  1. discourse consisting not of an exact quotation of a speaker's words but of a version transformed from them for grammatical inclusion in a larger sentence. He said he was hungry is an example of indirect discourse. Cf. direct discourse.
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