from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The art or study of using language effectively and persuasively.
- n. A treatise or book discussing this art.
- n. Skill in using language effectively and persuasively.
- n. A style of speaking or writing, especially the language of a particular subject: fiery political rhetoric.
- n. Language that is elaborate, pretentious, insincere, or intellectually vacuous: His offers of compromise were mere rhetoric.
- n. Verbal communication; discourse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Synonym of rhetorical.
- n. The art of using language, especially public speaking, as a means to persuade.
- n. Meaningless language with an exaggerated style intended to impress.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The art of composition; especially, elegant composition in prose.
- n. Oratory; the art of speaking with propriety, elegance, and force.
- n. Hence, artificial eloquence; fine language or declamation without conviction or earnest feeling.
- n. Fig. : The power of persuasion or attraction; that which allures or charms.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art of discourse; the art of using language so as to influence others.
- n. Skill in discourse; artistic use of language.
- n. Artificial oratory, as opposed to that which is natural and unaffected; display in language; ostentatious or meretricious declamation.
- n. The power of persuasion; persuasive influence.
- n. Synonyms Elocution, Eloquence, etc. See oratory.
- Rhetorical; formerly, eloquent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking)
- n. loud and confused and empty talk
- n. using language effectively to please or persuade
- n. high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation
Middle English rethorik, from Old French rethorique, from Latin rhētoricē, rhētorica, from Greek rhētorikē (tekhnē), rhetorical (art), feminine of rhētorikos, rhetorical, from rhētōr, rhetor; see rhetor.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin rhētorica, from Ancient Greek ῥητορική (rhētorikē), feminine form of ῥητορικός (rhētorikos, "concerning public speech"), from ῥήτωρ (rhētōr, "public speaker"). (Wiktionary)