What does discourse mean?

Definitions for discourse
ˈdɪs kɔrs, -koʊrs, dɪsˈkɔrs, -ˈkoʊrs; dɪsˈkɔrs, -ˈkoʊrsdis·course

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. discoursenoun

    extended verbal expression in speech or writing

  2. sermon, discourse, preachingnoun

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

  3. discussion, treatment, discourseverb

    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, discussverb

    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, discourseverb

    carry on a conversation

  6. hold forth, discourse, dissertateverb

    talk at length and formally about a topic

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

Wiktionary

  1. discoursenoun

    Verbal exchange, conversation.

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

  2. discoursenoun

    Expression in words, either speech or writing.

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

  3. discoursenoun

    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. discoursenoun

    Any rational expression, reason.

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

  5. discoursenoun

    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. discourseverb

    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. discourseverb

    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. discourseverb

    To debate.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discoursenoun

    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. Discoursenoun

    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. Discoursenoun

    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. Discoursenoun

    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. Discoursenoun

    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. Discourseverb

    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. Discourseverb

    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. Discourseverb

    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. Discourseverb

    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. Discourseverb

    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. Discourseverb

    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. Discourseverb

    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

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Numerology

  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. Alejandro Salas:

    Of course, one thing is to propose laws and discuss institutions. ... But you need to continue showing in tangible ways that you are actually committed to it, we keep having these scandals that make one doubt the whole discourse.

  2. George Steiner:

    The violent illiteracies of the graffiti, the clenched silence of the adolescent, the nonsense cries from the stage-happening, are resolutely strategic. The insurgent and the freak-out have broken off discourse with a cultural system which they despise as a cruel, antiquated fraud. They will not bandy words with it. Accept, even momentarily, the conventions of literate linguistic exchange, and you are caught in the net of the old values, of the grammars that can condescend or enslave.

  3. Debbie Haskins:

    As a grass roots organization we are committed to keeping our youth, our roadways, and public safe. Whenever a state looks at changing its culture by legalizing a drug, we need to think about the societal costs. VT will hopefully have a spirited discussion in 2015 that we hope will bring science, research and thoughtful discourse to a complicated topic, we hope that VT’ers care enough to have this discussion based on science, rather than emotion or for money.

  4. Philip Fearnside:

    There is no other explanation other than the government's constant discourse plus the actual concrete actions in weakening environment.

  5. Alan Perwiranda:

    I have started to limit my travel because the tickets are really expensive, i think what the government is doing is not helpful at all. Everything is just discourse and there is no concrete evidence of any change.

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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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