- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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: Middle 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 plush currere, to run: see current
- to carry on conversation; talk; confer
- to speak or write (on or upon a subject) formally and at some length
- discourser noun
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- Verbal expression in speech or writing.
- Verbal exchange; conversation.
- A formal, lengthy discussion of a subject, either written or spoken.
- Archaic The process or power of reasoning.
- To speak or write formally and at length. See Synonyms at speak.
- To engage in conversation or discussion; converse.
Origin: Middle 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.
- dis·coursˈer noun