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Meaning & Definition of Discourse in English

English

Discourse

/dɪskɔrs/

noun

1. Extended verbal expression in speech or writing

    synonym:
  • discourse

2. An address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)

    synonym:
  • sermon
  • ,
  • discourse
  • ,
  • preaching

3. An extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic

  • "The book contains an excellent discussion of modal logic"
  • "His treatment of the race question is badly biased"
    synonym:
  • discussion
  • ,
  • treatment
  • ,
  • discourse

verb

1. To consider or examine in speech or writing

  • "The author talks about the different aspects of this question"
  • "The class discussed dante's `inferno'"
    synonym:
  • discourse
  • ,
  • talk about
  • ,
  • discuss

2. Carry on a conversation

    synonym:
  • converse
  • ,
  • discourse

3. Talk at length and formally about a topic

  • "The speaker dissertated about the social politics in 18th century england"
    synonym:
  • hold forth
  • ,
  • discourse
  • ,
  • dissertate