Rhetoric definition

rĕtər-ĭk
Skill in using language effectively and persuasively.
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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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A style of speaking or writing, especially the language of a particular subject.

Fiery political rhetoric.

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Verbal communication; discourse.
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The art or study of using language effectively and persuasively.
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Skill in this.
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Synonym of rhetorical.
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The art of using language, especially public speaking, as a means to persuade.
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A treatise or book on this.
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A treatise or book discussing this art.
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Language that is elaborate, pretentious, insincere, or intellectually vacuous.

His offers of compromise were mere rhetoric.

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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 words effectively or persuasively in speaking or writing; esp., now, the art of prose composition.
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Meaningless language with an exaggerated style intended to impress.

It's only so much rhetoric.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
rhetoric
Plural:
rhetorics

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