I am reading an article that is highly ideological, and I am supposed to write a critique of it. I say that it is ideological not because it tries to enforce an opinion, but rather because I can tell from the authors' use of language and dialect what their opinions are (i.e. they use words that are common among certain subcultures and would never be used by members of different cultural/ideological groups). What would should I use to describe writing that is so strongly dialect-based?

Example sentence: "The author's writing was highly ____, I could easily tell what their political, religious, and social views were by analyzing their word choices and dialect."

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    opinionated is not the same thing as ideological. It sounds like you want to say that the article is opinionated. Just because an opinion may differ from your own, that does not make it ideological. Not to mention that neither opinion nor ideology follow from "dialect-based". The question sounds confused.
    – Drew
    Apr 29, 2017 at 21:09
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    ..... revealing? Apr 29, 2017 at 22:01
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    Somehow I think the term "shibboleth" should figure in here.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 29, 2017 at 22:14
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    Perhaps you should give an example of how you can deduce the speaker's political, social, and religious views by the use of dialect-based speech. It seems like stereotyping to me.
    – Theresa
    Apr 30, 2017 at 4:30
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    stylistic : "Of or relating to style, especially literary style." – TFD. Personally, I would misuse (?) stylized : "To represent in or make conform to a particular style, especially when highly conventionalized or saliently artistic rather than naturalistic." Except it seems like you want to drop the entire rest of the sentence after the blank? highly revealing of their heritage is as close as I can get you on that.
    – Mazura
    Jul 30, 2017 at 6:15

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I would say that the writing is idiosyncratic.

"Idiosyncrasy" per CED:

a strange or unusual habit, way of behaving, or feature: One of her many idiosyncrasies is always smelling a book before opening it.

Per Merriam-Webster:

a peculiarity of constitution or temperament : an individualizing characteristic or quality

In your case, the author's writing is marked by the unique characteristics of the writer.

The author's writing was highly idiosyncratic.

  • That has nothing to do with revealing an opinion or a dialect, which is the focus of the question. You're describing that the writing is unusual, in a way that the reasoning behind it cannot be understood. Almost by definition, OP is looking for writing where the reasoning behind it can be understood (i.e. OP understands that it is a dialect or an opinion that's leaking).
    – Flater
    May 30, 2017 at 15:38
  • +1 This has the right feel for the OP's intent. You might want to use this definition instead, though: peculiar to the individual "we all have our own idiosyncratic gestures","Michelangelo's highly idiosyncratic style of painting".
    – Lawrence
    Oct 28, 2017 at 8:29

"The author's writing was highly characterised, I could easily tell what their political, religious, and social views were by analyzing their word choices and dialect."


  • to mark or distinguish as a characteristic; be a characteristic of: Rich metaphors characterize his poetry.




  • to signify or suggest (certain meanings, ideas, etc.) in addition to the explicit or primary meaning: The word “fireplace” often connotes hospitality, warm comfort, etc.


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    I am surprised by this use of characterized--as, e.g., more or less expressive of a point of view, suggesting that there is writing free from characterization (or excessive characterization).
    – Xanne
    Apr 29, 2017 at 22:29

I'd call such writing partisan or advocacy: (both from Google)

par·ti·san ˈpärdəzən/ noun noun: partisan; plural noun: partisans; noun: partizan; plural noun: partizans

a strong supporter of a party, cause, or person.
synonyms:   supporter, follower, adherent, devotee, champion; More
fanatic, fan, enthusiast, stalwart, zealot, booster
"conservative partisans"
a member of an armed group formed to fight secretly against an occupying force, in particular one operating in enemy-occupied Yugoslavia, Italy, and parts of eastern Europe in World War II.
synonyms:   guerrilla, freedom fighter, resistance fighter, underground fighter, irregular (soldier)
"the partisans opened fire from the woods"

adjective adjective: partisan; adjective: partizan

prejudiced in favor of a particular cause.
"newspapers have become increasingly partisan"
synonyms: biased, prejudiced, one-sided, discriminatory, colored, partial, interested, sectarian, factional
"partisan attitudes"
antonyms: unbiased

ad·vo·ca·cy ˈadvəkəsē/ noun noun: advocacy

public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy.
"their advocacy of traditional family values"
synonyms: support for, backing of, promotion of, championing of; argument for, push for;
informalboosterism of
"his advocacy of animal rights"

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