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RHETORIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does rhetoric mean? 

RHETORIC (noun)
  The noun RHETORIC has 4 senses:

1. using language effectively to please or persuade
2. high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation
3. loud and confused and empty talk
4. study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking)

  Familiarity information: RHETORIC used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


RHETORIC (noun)


Sense 1rhetoric [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Using language effectively to please or persuade

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

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

expressive style; style (a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period)

Meronyms (parts of "rhetoric"):

rhetorical device (a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance))


Sense 2rhetoric [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

High-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

ornateness; magniloquence; grandiosity; grandiloquence; rhetoric

Context examples:

the grandiosity of his prose / an excessive ornateness of language

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

expressive style; style (a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period)

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

flourish (a display of ornamental speech or language)

blah; bombast; claptrap; fustian; rant (pompous or pretentious talk or writing)


Sense 3rhetoric [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Loud and confused and empty talk

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

empty talk; empty words; hot air; palaver; rhetoric

Context example:

mere rhetoric

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

bunk; hokum; meaninglessness; nonsense; nonsensicality (a message that seems to convey no meaning)


Sense 4rhetoric [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

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

literary study (the humanistic study of literature)

Domain member category:

anacoluthic (of or related to syntactic inconsistencies of the sort known as anacoluthons)

tropical (characterized by or of the nature of a trope or tropes; changed from its literal sense)

allocution ((rhetoric) a formal or authoritative address that advises or exhorts)

ploce ((rhetoric) repetition to gain special emphasis or extend meaning)

epanodos (recapitualtion of the main ideas of a speech (especially in reverse order))

epanodos (repetition of a group of words in reverse order)

rhetorical device (a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance))

peroration ((rhetoric) the concluding section of an oration)

narration ((rhetoric) the second section of an oration in which the facts are set forth)

exordium ((rhetoric) the introductory section of an oration or discourse)


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