Definitions

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  • adj. Serving to explain; demonstrative.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Serving to explain; demonstrative.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Demonstrative; serving for exhibition or display: applied to that department of oratory which comprises orations not aiming directly at a practical result, but of a purely rhetorical character.

Etymologies

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Latin epidictius. See epideictic.

Examples

  • This is to misread my remarks in A Better Guide Than Reason, where I argue that there is an analogy between Lincoln's use of epidictic rhetoric and what the ancient rhetoricians call the "Asiatic style" — the idiom of priests/kings.

    Lincoln's 'Asiatic Style'

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