What does Discourse mean?

Definitions for Discourse
ˈdɪs kɔrs, -koʊrs, dɪsˈkɔrs, -ˈkoʊrs; dɪsˈkɔrs, -ˈkoʊrsDis·course

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. discourse(noun)

    extended verbal expression in speech or writing

  2. sermon, discourse, preaching(noun)

    an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)

  3. discussion, treatment, discourse(verb)

    an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic

    "the book contains an excellent discussion of modal logic"; "his treatment of the race question is badly biased"

  4. discourse, talk about, discuss(verb)

    to consider or examine in speech or writing

    "The author talks about the different aspects of this question"; "The class discussed Dante's `Inferno'"

  5. converse, discourse(verb)

    carry on a conversation

  6. hold forth, discourse, dissertate(verb)

    talk at length and formally about a topic

    "The speaker dissertated about the social politics in 18th century England"


  1. discourse(Noun)

    Verbal exchange, conversation.

  2. discourse(Noun)

    Expression in words, either speech or writing.

  3. discourse(Noun)

    A formal lengthy exposition of some subject, either spoken or written.

  4. discourse(Noun)

    Any rational expression, reason.

  5. discourse(Noun)

    An institutionalized way of thinking, a social boundary defining what can be said about a specific topic (after Michel Foucault).

  6. discourse(Verb)

    To engage in discussion or conversation; to converse.

  7. discourse(Verb)

    To write or speak formally and at length.

  8. discourse(Verb)

    To debate.

  9. Origin: Either from discours, or a direct alteration of discursus , itself from discurro, from dis- + curro.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discourse(noun)

    the power of the mind to reason or infer by running, as it were, from one fact or reason to another, and deriving a conclusion; an exercise or act of this power; reasoning; range of reasoning faculty

  2. Discourse(noun)

    conversation; talk

  3. Discourse(noun)

    the art and manner of speaking and conversing

  4. Discourse(noun)

    consecutive speech, either written or unwritten, on a given line of thought; speech; treatise; dissertation; sermon, etc.; as, the preacher gave us a long discourse on duty

  5. Discourse(noun)

    dealing; transaction

  6. Discourse(verb)

    to exercise reason; to employ the mind in judging and inferring; to reason

  7. Discourse(verb)

    to express one's self in oral discourse; to expose one's views; to talk in a continuous or formal manner; to hold forth; to speak; to converse

  8. Discourse(verb)

    to relate something; to tell

  9. Discourse(verb)

    to treat of something in writing and formally

  10. Discourse(verb)

    to treat of; to expose or set forth in language

  11. Discourse(verb)

    to utter or give forth; to speak

  12. Discourse(verb)

    to talk to; to confer with

  13. Origin: [L. discursus a running to and fro, discourse, fr. discurrere, discursum, to run to and fro, to discourse; dis- + currere to run: cf. F. discours. See Course.]


  1. Discourse

    Discourse denotes written and spoken communications such as: ⁕In semantics and discourse analysis: A generalization of the concept of conversation within all modalities and contexts. ⁕The totality of codified language used in a given field of intellectual enquiry and of social practice, such as legal discourse, medical discourse, religious discourse, et cetera. ⁕In the work of Michel Foucault, and that of the social theoreticians he inspired: discourse describes “an entity of sequences, of signs, in that they are enouncements ”. An enouncement is not a unit of semiotic signs, but an abstract construct that allows the signs to assign and communicate specific, repeatable relations to, between, and among objects, subjects, and statements. Hence, a discourse is composed of semiotic sequences between and among objects, subjects, and statements. The term discursive formation conceptually describes the regular communications that produce such discourses. As a philosopher, Foucault applied the discursive formation in the analyses of large bodies of knowledge, such as political economy and natural history.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Discourse

    dis-kōrs′, n. speech or language generally: conversation: the reasoning faculty: a treatise: a sermon.—v.i. to talk or converse: to reason: to treat formally.—v.t. to utter or give forth.—n. Discours′er (Shak.).—adj. Discours′ive. [Fr. discours—L. discursusdis, away, currĕre, to run.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Discourse' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3941

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Discourse' in Nouns Frequency: #1477

How to pronounce Discourse?

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How to say Discourse in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Discourse in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Discourse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Discourse in a Sentence

  1. Michael Bloomberg:

    I find the level of discourse and discussion distressingly banal and an outrage and an insult to the voters.

  2. Cara Mertes:

    Affecting which stories are told, by whom, and from what perspective, is an extremely powerful way to change the discourse in this country, for us, this is social justice impact.

  3. Mandeep Tiwana:

    Because of the nature of their work in exposing governance failures and grave rights violations several governments have created a bogey to demonize and stigmatize, in public eyes, NGOs and activists uncovering abuse, questioning the messenger's credentials is a common tactic that helps deviate the argument from the real issues and muddies the public discourse.

  4. Christopher Wylie:

    One of the things that did provoke me to leave was the beginnings of discussions of voter disengagement, I have seen documents reference and I recall conversations that it was intended to focus on African-American voters, the company learned that there were segments of the population that responded to messages like 'drain the swamp' or images of border walls or indeed paranoia about the 'deep state' that weren't necessarily reflected in mainstream polling or mainstream political discourse that Steve Bannon was interested in to help build his movement.

  5. Gael García Bernal:

    This is what happens when somebody validates that conversation, that discourse, that's how genocide begins, that's how civil wars start, by validating that ignorant, repulsive, bigoted discourse.

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  • حديثArabic
  • разговор, докладвам, доклад, дискутирам, разговарям, държа реч, лекцияBulgarian
  • přednáška, pojednávat, rozmlouvat, projev, řeč, rozpravaCzech
  • Abhandlung, Diskurs, Rede, reden, GesprächGerman
  • συνομιλώ, ομιλία, διαλέγομαι, διάλεξη, συνομιλίαGreek
  • discurso, conversaciónSpanish
  • سخنPersian
  • keskustelu, väitellä, diskurssi, ilmaus, tutkielma, keskustella, ajatustenvaihto, käsitellä, järkeilyFinnish
  • discours, conversationFrench
  • שיחHebrew
  • प्रवचनHindi
  • ceramahIndonesian
  • discorsoItalian
  • 対話, 会談, 論文, 会話, デイスクーJapanese
  • 논설Korean
  • sermoLatin
  • discours, rede, discussie, converseren, uiting, spreken, betoog, conversatie, gesprek, gedachtenwisseling, bespreken, verhandeling, redevoeringDutch
  • discurso, discussãoPortuguese
  • conversație, discursRomanian
  • разумность, разговор, беседа, дискурс, речь, трактат, доклад, рациональность, лекцияRussian
  • diskursSwedish
  • گفتگوUrdu
  • 演讲Chinese

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