rhetoric

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From Old French rhetorique, from Latin rhētorica, from Ancient Greek ῥητορική ‎(rhētorikḗ), feminine form of ῥητορικός ‎(rhētorikós, concerning public speech), from ῥήτωρ ‎(rhḗtōr, public speaker).

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rhetoric

  1. Synonym of rhetorical

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rhetoric ‎(countable and uncountable, plural rhetorics)

  1. The art of using language, especially public speaking, as a means to persuade.
  2. Meaningless language with an exaggerated style intended to impress.
    It’s only so much rhetoric.

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  • Adjectives often applied to "rhetoric": political, legal, visual, classical, ancient, violent, empty, inflammatory, hateful, heated, fiery, vitriolic, angry, overheated, extreme.

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