- 1The art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially the exploitation of figures of speech and other compositional techniques: he is using a common figure of rhetoric, hyperboleMore example sentences
- Born into a rich provincial family, he studied philosophy as well as rhetoric and law.
- Much of the earlier writing is political rhetoric; much of the later is album verse.
- In the late twentieth century rhetoric has been revived as the study of the structuring powers of discourse.
- 1.1Language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect, but which is often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content: all we have from the Opposition is empty rhetoricMore example sentences
bombast, loftiness, turgidity, grandiloquence, magniloquence, ornateness, portentousness, pomposity, boastfulness, boasting, bragging, heroics, hyperbole, extravagant language, purple prose, pompousness, sonorousness; windiness, wordiness, verbosity, prolixity• informal hot air
- Don't simply opt for apparently powerful but ultimately empty, meaningless rhetoric.
- Is it no more than rhetoric, designed to scare the mullahs and force them to drop their nuclear programme?
- Like the style of their rhetoric, the content of their arguments was stirring; it was arousing.
Middle English: from Old French rethorique, via Latin from Greek rhētorikē (tekhnē) '(art) of rhetoric', from rhētōr 'rhetor'.