Definition of rhetoric in English:

rhetoric

Line breaks: rhet|oric
Pronunciation: /ˈrɛtərɪk
 
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noun

[mass noun]
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, hyperbole
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  • 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.
Synonyms
oratory, eloquence, power of speech, command of language, expression, way with words, delivery, diction
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 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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Origin

Middle English: from Old French rethorique, via Latin from Greek rhētorikē (tekhnē) '(art) of rhetoric', from rhētōr 'rhetor'.

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