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DISCOURSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does discourse mean? 

DISCOURSE (noun)
  The noun DISCOURSE has 3 senses:

1. extended verbal expression in speech or writing
2. an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)
3. an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic

  Familiarity information: DISCOURSE used as a noun is uncommon.


DISCOURSE (verb)
  The verb DISCOURSE has 3 senses:

1. to consider or examine in speech or writing
2. carry on a conversation
3. talk at length and formally about a topic

  Familiarity information: DISCOURSE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISCOURSE (noun)


Sense 1discourse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Extended verbal expression in speech or writing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("discourse" is a kind of...):

language unit; linguistic unit (one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "discourse"):

context; context of use; linguistic context (discourse that surrounds a language unit and helps to determine its interpretation)


Sense 2discourse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

preaching; sermon; discourse

Hypernyms ("discourse" is a kind of...):

address; speech (the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience)

Domain category:

church; church service (a service conducted in a house of worship)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "discourse"):

homily; preachment (a sermon on a moral or religious topic)

evangelism (zealous preaching and advocacy of the gospel)

kerugma; kerygma (preaching the gospel of Christ in the manner of the early church)

baccalaureate (a farewell sermon to a graduating class at their commencement ceremonies)

Instance hyponyms:

Sermon on the Mount (the first major discourse delivered by Jesus (Matthew 5-7 and Luke 6:20-49))


Sense 3discourse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

discussion; discourse; treatment

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("discourse" is a kind of...):

communicating; communication (the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "discourse"):

detail (extended treatment of particulars)

dilation (a lengthy discussion (spoken or written) on a particular topic)

consideration (a discussion of a topic (as in a meeting))

talk (discussion; ('talk about' is a less formal alternative for 'discussion of'))

elaboration; enlargement; expansion (a discussion that provides additional information)


DISCOURSE (verb)


Sense 1discourse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To consider or examine in speech or writing

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

discourse; discuss; talk about

Context examples:

The article covered all the different aspects of this question / The class discussed Dante's 'Inferno'

Hypernyms (to "discourse" is one way to...):

address; cover; deal; handle; plow; treat (deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "discourse"):

descant (talk at great length about something of one's interest)

talk shop (discuss matters that are related to work)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Sentence examples:

Sam and Sue discourse
Sam wants to discourse with Sue


Sense 2discourse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Carry on a conversation

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

converse; discourse

Hypernyms (to "discourse" is one way to...):

speak; talk (exchange thoughts; talk with)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "discourse"):

chaffer; chat; chatter; chew the fat; chitchat; claver; confab; confabulate; gossip; jaw; natter; shoot the breeze; visit (talk socially without exchanging too much information)

interview (go for an interview in the hope of being hired)

interview (discuss formally with (somebody) for the purpose of an evaluation)

interview; question (conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting)

argue; contend; debate; fence (have an argument about something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3discourse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Talk at length and formally about a topic

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

hold forth; dissertate; discourse

Context example:

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

Hypernyms (to "discourse" is one way to...):

speak; talk (exchange thoughts; talk with)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s on something


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