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Meaning of RHETORIC

Pronunciation:  'returik

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

RHETORIC is a 8 letter word that starts with R.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.