discourse[dis′kôrs′; also, & for v. usually, dis kôrs′]
- The definition of discourse is a discussion about a topic either in writing or face to face.
An example of discourse is a professor meeting with a student to discuss a book.
- Discourse is defined as to talk about a subject.
An example of discourse is two politicians talking about current events.
A discourse between a young student and her teacher.
- communication of ideas, information, etc., esp. by talking; conversation
- a long and formal treatment of a subject, in speech or writing; lecture; treatise; dissertation
- Archaic ability to reason; rationality
Origin of discourseMiddle English and amp; Old French discours ; from Classical Latin discursus, discourse ; from past participle of discurrere, to run to and fro ; from dis-, from, apart + currere, to run: see current
intransitive verbdiscoursed, discoursing
- to carry on conversation; talk; confer
- to speak or write (on or upon a subject) formally and at some length
- Verbal expression in speech or writing: political discourse.
- Verbal exchange or conversation: listened to their discourse on foreign policy.
- A formal, lengthy treatment of a subject, either written or spoken.
- Archaic The process or power of reasoning.
verbdis·coursed, dis·cours·ing, dis·cours·es
- To speak or write formally and at length. See Synonyms at speak.
- To engage in conversation or discussion; converse: “The two men walked around the city and discoursed on its antiquities” (Michael Wood).
verb, transitive Archaic
Origin of discourseMiddle English discours, process of reasoning, from Medieval Latin discursus, from Latin, a running about, from past participle of discurrere, to run about : dis-, apart; see dis– + currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural discourses)
- (uncountable, archaic) Verbal exchange, conversation.
- (uncountable) Expression in words, either speech or writing.
- (countable) A formal lengthy exposition of some subject, either spoken or written.
- The preacher gave us a long discourse on duty.
- (countable) Any rational expression, reason.
- (social sciences, countable) An institutionalized way of thinking, a social boundary defining what can be said about a specific topic (after Michel Foucault).
(third-person singular simple present discourses, present participle discoursing, simple past and past participle discoursed)