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 for Direct discourse
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              What is direct to, what slides by, the question.
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     2. Straightforward; not of crooked ways, or swerving from
        truth and openness; sincere; outspoken.
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              Be even and direct with me.           --Shak.
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     3. Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
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              He nowhere, that I know, says it in direct words.
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              A direct and avowed interference with elections.
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     4. In the line of descent; not collateral; as, a descendant
        in the direct line.
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     5. (Astron.) In the direction of the general planetary
        motion, or from west to east; in the order of the signs;
        not retrograde; -- said of the motion of a celestial
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     6. (Political Science) Pertaining to, or effected immediately
        by, action of the people through their votes instead of
        through one or more representatives or delegates; as,
        direct nomination, direct legislation.
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     Direct action.
        (a) (Mach.) See Direct-acting.
        (b) (Trade unions) See Syndicalism, below. [Webster 1913
     Direct discourse (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.
     Direct evidence (Law), evidence which is positive or not
        inferential; -- opposed to circumstantial evidence, or
        indirect evidence. -- This distinction, however, is
        merely formal, since there is no direct evidence that is
        not circumstantial, or dependent on circumstances for its
        credibility. --Wharton.
     Direct examination (Law), the first examination of a
        witness in the orderly course, upon the merits. --Abbott.
     Direct fire (Mil.), fire, the direction of which is
        perpendicular to the line of troops or to the parapet
        aimed at.
     Direct process (Metal.), one which yields metal in working
        condition by a single process from the ore. --Knight.
     Direct tax, a tax assessed directly on lands, etc., and
        polls, distinguished from taxes on merchandise, or
        customs, and from excise.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  direct discourse
      n 1: a report of the exact words used in a discourse (e.g., "he
           said `I am a fool'") [syn: direct discourse, direct
           quotation] [ant: indirect discourse]

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