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"

Wiktionary

  1. discourse(Noun)

    Verbal exchange, conversation.

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

  2. discourse(Noun)

    Expression in words, either speech or writing.

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

  3. discourse(Noun)

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

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

  4. discourse(Noun)

    Any rational expression, reason.

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

  5. discourse(Noun)

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

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

  6. discourse(Verb)

    To engage in discussion or conversation; to converse.

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

  7. discourse(Verb)

    To write or speak formally and at length.

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

  8. discourse(Verb)

    To debate.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Discourse(noun)

    conversation; talk

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Discourse(noun)

    the art and manner of speaking and conversing

    Etymology: [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.]

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Discourse(noun)

    dealing; transaction

    Etymology: [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.]

  6. Discourse(verb)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  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

    Etymology: [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.]

  8. Discourse(verb)

    to relate something; to tell

    Etymology: [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.]

  9. Discourse(verb)

    to treat of something in writing and formally

    Etymology: [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.]

  10. Discourse(verb)

    to treat of; to expose or set forth in language

    Etymology: [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.]

  11. Discourse(verb)

    to utter or give forth; to speak

    Etymology: [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.]

  12. Discourse(verb)

    to talk to; to confer with

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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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Numerology

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    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. Yoani Sanchez:

    With this change, the discourse of the government has to change, and so does ours ... Now is the time for us to readjust our tactics due to the changing political scene.

  2. Paul Ryan:

    When we, in this democracy, are suggesting that because we disagree with people on political views, on policy views, on philosophical views, that we should resort to violence and harassment and intimidation that's dangerous for our society, dangerous for our democracy, and she should apologize and there's just no place for that in our public discourse.

  3. Dan Crenshaw:

    Let's allow ourselves to then move past it, and that's what we wanted to do -- try and be part of the solution, not be part of the problem in this back and forth that we constantly see... whether it's comedic discourse, political discourse.

  4. Oliver Sacks:

    Each of us is a singular narrative, which is constructed, continually, unconsciously, by, through, and in us -- through our perceptions, our feelings, our thoughts, our actions; and, not least, our discourse, our spoken narrations, biologically, physiologically, we are not so different from each other; historically, as narratives -- we are each of us unique.

  5. Randall Woodfin:

    I am dismayed because this controversy might have been avoided entirely, had it been handled differently. I am dismayed because, as has been the case throughout Birmingham's history, people of good will behaved reflexively, rather than engaging in meaningful discourse over their differences and seeking common ground, throughout my life, I have been a person who tries to see and understand all reasonable points of view on any given issue. As mayor, I believe that quality is an essential part of my job, a means of encouraging interchange and forging the consensus necessary to arrive at fair and workable solutions to any issue or opportunity that confronts us as a city.

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Translations for 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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