Get Affordable VMs - excellent virtual server hosting

browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

rhetoricmore about rhetoric


  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Rhetoric  \Rhet"o*ric\,  n.  [F.  rh['e]torique,  L.  rhetorica,  Gr 
  ????  (sc.  ???),  fr  ???  rhetorical,  oratorical,  fr  ??? 
  orator,  rhetorician;  perhaps  akin  to  E.  word  cf  ???  to 
  1.  The  art  of  composition;  especially,  elegant  composition  in 
  2.  Oratory;  the  art  of  speaking  with  propriety,  elegance,  and 
  force.  --Locke. 
  3.  Hence  artificial  eloquence;  fine  language  or  declamation 
  without  conviction  or  earnest  feeling. 
  4.  Fig.  :  The  power  of  persuasion  or  attraction;  that  which 
  allures  or  charms. 
  Sweet,  silent  rhetoric  of  persuading  eyes.  --Daniel. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  using  language  effectively  to  please  or  persuade 
  2:  high  flown  style;  excessive  use  of  verbal  ornamentation 
  [syn:  {grandiosity},  {magniloquence},  {grandiloquence}] 
  3:  loud  and  confused  and  empty  talk;  "mere  rhetoric"  [syn:  {palaver}, 
  {hot  air},  {empty  words},  {empty  talk}] 
  4:  study  of  the  technique  and  rules  for  using  language 
  effectively  (especially  in  public  speaking) 

more about rhetoric