Definition of epideictic in English:


Line breaks: epi|deic¦tic
Pronunciation: /ˌɛpɪˈdeɪktɪk
, -ˈdʌɪktɪk/


Characterized by or designed to display rhetorical or oratorical skill.
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  • The traditional approach to this difficulty is to dismiss epideictic oratory as irrelevant and gratuitous display.
  • On the other hand, epideictic rhetoric implies that tradition or social standing authorizes the rhetor to locate the object of praise in the criteria of excellence.
  • He argues that epideictic rhetoric with its traditional concern with the noble provides the model from which a contemporary reasoning about ends could proceed.


late 18th century: from Greek epideiktikos (based on deiknunai 'to show').

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