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Meaning & Definition of Rhetoric in English

English

Rhetoric

/rɛtərɪk/

noun

1. Using language effectively to please or persuade

    synonym:
  • rhetoric

2. High-flown style

  • Excessive use of verbal ornamentation
  • "The grandiosity of his prose"
  • "An excessive ornateness of language"
    synonym:
  • grandiosity
  • ,
  • magniloquence
  • ,
  • ornateness
  • ,
  • grandiloquence
  • ,
  • rhetoric

3. Loud and confused and empty talk

  • "Mere rhetoric"
    synonym:
  • palaver
  • ,
  • hot air
  • ,
  • empty words
  • ,
  • empty talk
  • ,
  • rhetoric

4. Study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking)

    synonym:
  • rhetoric

Examples of using

The end of which there were two little sketches of rhetoric and logic, the latter finishing with a specimen of a dispute in the Socratic method.