American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Verbal expression in speech or writing.
- n. Verbal exchange; conversation.
- n. A formal, lengthy discussion of a subject, either written or spoken.
- n. Archaic The process or power of reasoning.
- v. To speak or write formally and at length. See Synonyms at speak.
- v. To engage in conversation or discussion; converse.
- v. Archaic To narrate or discuss.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A running over a subject in speech; hence, a communication of thoughts by words; expression of ideas; mutual intercourse; talk; conversation.
- n. A running over in the mind of premises and deducing of conclusions; the exercise of, or an act of exercising, the logical or reasoning faculty; hence, the power of reasoning from premises; rationality.
- n. A formal discussion or treatment of a subjeet; a dissertation, treatise, homily, sermon, or the like: as, the discourse of Plutarch on garrulity, of Cicero on old age; an eloquent discourse.
- n. Debate; contention; strife.
- n. Intercourse; dealing; transaction.
- To hold discourse; communicate thoughts or ideas orally, especially in a formal manner; treat in a set manner; hold forth; expatiate; converse: as, to discourse on the properties of the circle; the preacher discoursed on the nature and effect of faith.
- To treat of or discuss a subject in a formal manner in writing.
- To narrate; give a relation; tell.
- To reason; argue from premises to consequences.
- To treat of; talk over; discuss.
- To utter or give forth.
- To talk or confer with.
- n. That sort of mental operation, performed by one person or by several, in which a line of thought is followed out. In either case, it is conducted by signs which are in part general, or typical, in their own mode of being, usually ordinary language; in part diagrams or other iconic signs; and in part indices, such as individual signs representing the typical signs. A sign in functioning as such must be interpreted, or be translated into thought signs, and must be addressed to some interpreter. In the case of inward discourse, the person alternately places himself in different attitudes of mind, and addresses the self of a moment later. Discourse, in this sense, is not, like that of 2, restricted to ratiocination.
G. F. Stout, Analyt. Psychol., I. 87.
- n. uncountable, archaic Verbal exchange, conversation.
- n. uncountable Expression in words, either speech or writing.
- n. countable A formal lengthy exposition of some subject, either spoken or written.
- n. countable Any rational expression, reason.
- n. social sciences, countable An institutionalized way of thinking, a social boundary defining what can be said about a specific topic (after Michel Foucault).
- v. intransitive To engage in discussion or conversation; to converse.
- v. intransitive To write or speak formally and at length.
- v. obsolete (transitive) To debate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete The power of the mind to reason or infer by running, as it were, from one fact or reason to another, and deriving a conclusion; an exercise or act of this power; reasoning; range of reasoning faculty.
- n. Conversation; talk.
- n. The art and manner of speaking and conversing.
- n. Consecutive speech, either written or unwritten, on a given line of thought; speech; treatise; dissertation; sermon, etc..
- n. obsolete Dealing; transaction.
- v. obsolete To exercise reason; to employ the mind in judging and inferring; to reason.
- v. To express one's self in oral discourse; to expose one's views; to talk in a continuous or formal manner; to hold forth; to speak; to converse.
- v. To relate something; to tell.
- v. To treat of something in writing and formally.
- v. obsolete To treat of; to expose or set forth in language.
- v. To utter or give forth; to speak.
- v. obsolete To talk to; to confer with.
- v. to consider or examine in speech or writing
- n. extended verbal expression in speech or writing
- v. talk at length and formally about a topic
- n. an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)
- n. an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic
- v. carry on a conversation
- Either from French discours, or a direct alteration of Late Latin discursus ("the act of running about") , itself from discurrō ("run about"), from dis- ("apart") + currō ("run"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English discours, process of reasoning, from Medieval Latin discursus, from Latin, a running about, from past participle of discurrere, to run about : dis-, apart; see dis- + currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The title discourse furnishes a central theme to which those following stand in relation.”
“Critically, the crux of the entire process in the development of these works was for Ravi the concept of Sannidhi which in traditional Indian aesthetic discourse translates as 'proximity' or 'close by' or 'in the presence'.”
“Her book, which first appeared in French in 2008, combines three strands: a study of events; a detailed account of the social, economic, religious, cultural, political and administrative context of 12th-century Syria and Egypt; and an unrelenting investigation of what she calls the "discourse.”
“How it shapes our discourse is a worthy topic for consideration.”
“All that comes from debasing the discourse is a spoiled public forum.”
“By the way, using a script exotic to a discourse is a gratuitous and low form of argument.”
“I am the bread of life -- Henceforth the discourse is all in the first person, "I," "Me," which occur in one form or other, as Stier reckons, thirty-five times. he that cometh to me -- to obtain what the soul craves, and as the only all-sufficient and ordained source of supply. hunger ... thirst -- shall have conscious and abiding satisfaction.”
“Like Foucault, Kittler diagnosed the present through what he called discourse analysis - the excavation of the underlying structure of human practices.”
“Severing political discussion from decision and action, however, focuses the locus of Habermasian politics strictly on discussion and what he calls a discourse theory of democracy.”
“McD reminds me of cruelly ridiculing your spouse at a cocktail party just for a cheap laugh; tells all around you reams abut your character and integrity; what a putz; and -- whose payroll is he on? ours? guess loyality is relative; sell out your country and troops and call it "discourse" or "free speech" or "constructive criticism" so you can sleep at night. libs will surely be our collective death;”
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