1The art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially the use of figures of speech and other compositional techniques.
- 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 on its audience, but often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content: all we have from the opposition is empty rhetoric
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- 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.
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