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Definition 1: study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking) - [noun denoting cognition]

(rhetoric is a kind of ...) the humanistic study of literature

(rhetoric is the domain which ... is member of) characterized by or of the nature of a trope or tropes; changed from its literal sense

(rhetoric is the domain which ... is member of) (rhetoric) a formal or authoritative address that advises or exhorts

(rhetoric is the domain which ... is member of) (rhetoric) repetition to gain special emphasis or extend meaning

(rhetoric is the domain which ... is member of) recapitulation of the main ideas of a speech (especially in reverse order)

(rhetoric is the domain which ... is member of) repetition of a group of words in reverse order

(rhetoric is the domain which ... is member of) a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)

(rhetoric is the domain which ... is member of) (rhetoric) the concluding section of an oration

"he summarized his main points in his peroration"

(rhetoric is the domain which ... is member of) (rhetoric) the second section of an oration in which the facts are set forth

(rhetoric is the domain which ... is member of) (rhetoric) the introductory section of an oration or discourse

(rhetoric is the domain which ... is member of) of or related to syntactic inconsistencies of the sort known as anacoluthons

Definition 2: using language effectively to please or persuade - [noun denoting communication]

(rhetoric is a kind of ...) a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period

"all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper"

(rhetoric is a part of ...) a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)

Definition 3: high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation - [noun denoting communication]

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

  • the grandiosity of his prose
  • an excessive ornateness of language

Synonyms for rhetoric in the sense of this definition

(rhetoric is a kind of ...) a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period

"all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper"

(... is a kind of rhetoric ) a display of ornamental speech or language

(... is a kind of rhetoric ) pompous or pretentious talk or writing

Definition 4: loud and confused and empty talk - [noun denoting communication]

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

  • mere rhetoric

Synonyms for rhetoric in the sense of this definition

(rhetoric is a kind of ...) a message that seems to convey no meaning

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