Definitions for: Rhetoric

[n] study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking)
[n] loud and confused and empty talk; "mere rhetoric"
[n] high flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation
[n] using language effectively to please or persuade

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: empty talk, empty words, grandiloquence, grandiosity, hot air, magniloquence, palaver

See Also: blah, bombast, claptrap, expressive style, flourish, fustian, hokum, literary study, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, rant, rhetorical device, style

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