Definitions for rhetoric
ˈrɛt ər ɪkrhetoric
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using language effectively to please or persuade
grandiosity, magniloquence, ornateness, grandiloquence, rhetoricnoun
high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation
"the grandiosity of his prose"; "an excessive ornateness of language"
palaver, hot air, empty words, empty talk, rhetoricnoun
loud and confused and empty talk
study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking)
The art of using language, especially public speaking, as a means to persuade.
Meaningless language with an exaggerated style intended to impress.
It's only so much rhetoric.
Rhetoric () is the art of persuasion, which along with grammar and logic (or dialectic), is one of the three ancient arts of discourse. Rhetoric aims to study the techniques writers or speakers utilize to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in specific situations. Aristotle defines rhetoric as "the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion" and since mastery of the art was necessary for victory in a case at law, for passage of proposals in the assembly, or for fame as a speaker in civic ceremonies, he calls it "a combination of the science of logic and of the ethical branch of politics". Rhetoric typically provides heuristics for understanding, discovering, and developing arguments for particular situations, such as Aristotle's three persuasive audience appeals: logos, pathos, and ethos. The five canons of rhetoric or phases of developing a persuasive speech were first codified in classical Rome: invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery. From Ancient Greece to the late 19th century, rhetoric played a central role in Western education in training orators, lawyers, counsellors, historians, statesmen, and poets.
Rhetoric is the art or skill of speaking or writing effectively and persuasively, often utilizing figures of speech, compositional techniques, and other strategies to persuade or influence an audience. It is traditionally utilized in areas such as politics, literature, journalism, and advertising. The term can also refer to language that is elaborate, pretentious, insincere, or designed to impress.
the art of composition; especially, elegant composition in prose
oratory; the art of speaking with propriety, elegance, and force
hence, artificial eloquence; fine language or declamation without conviction or earnest feeling
fig. : The power of persuasion or attraction; that which allures or charms
Etymology: [F. rhtorique, L. rhetorica, Gr. (sc. ), fr. rhetorical, oratorical, fr. orator, rhetorician; perhaps akin to E. word; cf. to say.]
Rhetoric is the art of discourse, an art that aims to improve the capability of writers or speakers that attempt to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in specific situations. As a subject of formal study and a productive civic practice, rhetoric has played a central role in the Western tradition. Its best known definition comes from Aristotle, who considers it a counterpart of both logic and politics, and calls it "the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion." Rhetorics typically provide heuristics for understanding, discovering, and developing arguments for particular situations, such as Aristotle's three persuasive audience appeals, logos, pathos, and ethos. The five canons of rhetoric, which trace the traditional tasks in designing a persuasive speech, were first codified in classical Rome: invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery. Along with grammar and logic, rhetoric is one of the three ancient arts of discourse. From ancient Greece to the late 19th century, it was a central part of Western education, filling the need to train public speakers and writers to move audiences to action with arguments. The word is derived from the Greek ῥητορικός, "oratorical", from ῥήτωρ, "public speaker", related to ῥῆμα, "that which is said or spoken, word, saying", and ultimately derived from the verb λέγω, "to speak, say".
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ret′or-ik, n. the theory and practice of eloquence, whether spoken or written, the whole art of using language so as to persuade others: the art of speaking with propriety, elegance, and force: artificial oratory: declamation.—adj. Rhetor′ical, pertaining to rhetoric: oratorical.—adv. Rhetor′ically.—v.i. Rhetor′icāte (obs.), to act the orator.—ns. Rhetoricā′tion (obs.); Rhetori′cian, one who teaches the art of rhetoric: an orator.—v.i. Rhet′orise, to play the orator. [Fr.,—L. rhetorica (ars)—Gr. rhētorikē (technē), the rhetorical (art)—rhētōr, a public speaker—erein, to speak.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the science or art of persuasive or effective speech, written as well as spoken, and that both in theory and practice was cultivated to great perfection among the ancient Greeks and Romans, and to some extent in the Middle Ages and later, but is much less cultivated either as a science or an art to-day.
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
Language in a dress suit.
The numerical value of rhetoric in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of rhetoric in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Histories make men wise poets, witty the mathematics, subtle natural philosophy, deep moral, grave logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
When the rhetoric ramps up to the point where calculated, cold-blooded assassination of police officers happen, this rhetoric has gotten out of control, we've heard 'Black lives matter,' 'All lives matter.' Well, cops' lives matter, too. So why don't we just drop the qualifier, and just say 'Lives matter,' and take that to the bank.
Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk we must act big.
We've heard black lives matter ; all lives matter. Well cops' lives matter too, at any point where the rhetoric ramps up to the point where calculated cold-blooded assassination of police officers happen( s), this rhetoric has gotten out of control.
It is not hard to make a connection to the hateful and bigoted rhetoric used by this administration. The continual use of such rhetoric and the policies singling out and criminalizing Muslims, immigrants and asylum-seekers has normalized hate speech.
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- rétorika, floskule, řečnictvíCzech
- retorik, kancellistil, velformuleretDanish
- puhetaito, retoriikkaFinnish
- reitric, roscaireachtIrish
- retoriek, redekunde, retoricaDutch
- пустосло́вие, красноре́чие, рито́рика, риторика, пустозво́нство, красноба́йство, фразёрство, словоблу́диеRussian
- gòvōrnīštvo, retòrikaSerbo-Croatian
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