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Definition 1: an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where discourse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the book contains an excellent discussion of modal logic
  • his treatment of the race question is badly biased

Synonyms for discourse in the sense of this definition

(discourse is a kind of ...) the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information

"they could not act without official communication from Moscow"

(... is a kind of discourse ) extended treatment of particulars

"the essay contained too much detail"

(... is a kind of discourse ) a lengthy discussion (spoken or written) on a particular topic

(... is a kind of discourse ) a discussion of a topic (as in a meeting)

"consideration of the traffic problem took more than an hour"

(... is a kind of discourse ) discussion; (`talk about' is a less formal alternative for `discussion of')

"his poetry contains much talk about love and anger"

(... is a kind of discourse ) a discussion that provides additional information

Definition 2: extended verbal expression in speech or writing - [noun denoting communication]

(discourse is a kind of ...) one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed

(... is a kind of discourse ) discourse that surrounds a language unit and helps to determine its interpretation

Definition 3: an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service) - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for discourse in the sense of this definition

(discourse is a kind of ...) the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience

"he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"

(... is a kind of discourse ) a farewell sermon to a graduating class at their commencement ceremonies

(... is a kind of discourse ) preaching the gospel of Christ in the manner of the early church

(... is a kind of discourse ) zealous preaching and advocacy of the gospel

(... is a kind of discourse ) a sermon on a moral or religious topic

(... is an instance of discourse) the first major discourse delivered by Jesus (Matthew 5-7 and Luke 6:20-49)

(discourse belongs to category ...) a service conducted in a house of worship

"don't be late for church"

Definition 4: talk at length and formally about a topic - [verb of communication]

Samples where discourse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The speaker dissertated about the social politics in 18th century England

Synonyms for discourse in the sense of this definition

(discourse is a kind of ...) exchange thoughts; talk with

"We often talk business" "Actions talk louder than words"

Definition 5: carry on a conversation - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for discourse in the sense of this definition

(discourse is a kind of ...) exchange thoughts; talk with

"We often talk business" "Actions talk louder than words"

(... is a kind of discourse ) have an argument about something

(... is a kind of discourse ) conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting

(... is a kind of discourse ) discuss formally with (somebody) for the purpose of an evaluation

"We interviewed the job candidates"

(... is a kind of discourse ) go for an interview in the hope of being hired

"The job candidate interviewed everywhere"

(... is a kind of discourse ) talk socially without exchanging too much information

"the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"

Definition 6: to consider or examine in speech or writing - [verb of communication]

Samples where discourse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The author talks about the different aspects of this question
  • The class discussed Dante's `Inferno'

Synonyms for discourse in the sense of this definition

(discourse is a kind of ...) act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression

"This book deals with incest" "The course covered all of Western Civilization" "The new book treats the history of China"

(... is a kind of discourse ) talk at great length about something of one's interest

(... is a kind of discourse ) discuss matters that are related to work

"As soon as they met, the linguists started to talk shop"

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