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- adj. Of or pertaining to rhetoric of ceremony, declamation, and demonstration, most often the rhetoric of funerals and other formal events. One of the three branches, or "species" (eidē), of rhetoric as outlined by Aristotle.
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- adj. Serving to show forth, explain, or exhibit; -- applied by the Greeks to a kind of oratory, which, by full amplification, seeks to persuade.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See epidictic, epidictical.
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- adj. designed primarily for rhetorical display
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By writing in epideictic's distinctively biographical but general terms, she can catch up in her apostrophes a Byron, a Hume,
In completing my own offering on scepticism as a rhetorical-poetical "war of ideas," I turn to the close grappling between Byron and Hemans over the enthymeme, or rhetorical syllogism, which like the epideictic is a legacy of the classical Sophism. [
Again, many of the so-called epideictic epigrams are little more than stories told shortly in elegiac verse, much like the stories in Ovid's
Establishing orthodoxy: The letters of St. Ignatius as epideictic rhetoric.
Note 48: Another of the progymnasmata exercises, the encomium offered "basic training" for epideictic rhetoric, although it was also useful in deliberative and forensic oratory.
While learning the rudiments of epideictic presentation in a "parrot-like" manner, a student committed exemplary passages of poetry and literature to memory.
Additionally, the encomia inscribed in the Urbino portraits provided exemplary ingredients for epideictic oration. 48 19
Doctorow later spoofed the epideictic mode in The Book of Daniel.
Tony Blair's epideictic performance at the Labour Party conference last year won admiration even from his foes, but by and large the digital age is cool to rhetoric and, as the enthronement of the blogger suggests, prizes incoherent impulse over the Ciceronian arts of the exordium and the peroration.
"Amidst" and "midst" are almost always epideictic: they may be intended to impress but they are, instead, pretentious.