Rhetoric meaning

rĕt'ər-ĭk
Verbal communication; discourse.
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Skill in using language effectively and persuasively.
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Artificial eloquence; language that is showy and elaborate but largely empty of clear ideas or sincere emotion.
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The art of using language, especially public speaking, as a means to persuade.
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Rhetoric is the art of using words well when speaking or writing.

An example of rhetoric is when a politician can describe a problem and make it sound like it is not a problem.

An example of rhetoric is a insincere offer by someone to do something.

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Meaningless language with an exaggerated style intended to impress.

It's only so much rhetoric.

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Synonym of rhetorical.
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Origin of rhetoric

  • Middle English rethorik from Old French rethorique from Latin rhētoricē, rhētorica from Greek rhētorikē (tekhnē) rhetorical (art) feminine of rhētorikos rhetorical from rhētōr rhetor rhetor
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin rhÄ“torica, from Ancient Greek ῥητορική (rhÄ“torikÄ“), feminine form of ῥητορικός (rhÄ“torikos, “concerning public speech"), from ῥήτωρ (rhÄ“tōr, “public speaker").
    From Wiktionary