rhetoric

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English rethorik, from Latin rhētoricus, from Ancient Greek ῥητορῐκός (rhētorikós).

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  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈtɒɹɪk/
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rhetoric

  1. Synonym of rhetorical.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English rethorik, rhetoric, from Old French rhetorique, from Latin rhētorica, from Ancient Greek ῥητορική (rhētorikḗ), ellipsis of ῥητορικὴ τέχνη (rhētorikḕ tékhnē), from ῥητορικός (rhētorikós, concerning public speech), from ῥήτωρ (rhḗtōr, public speaker).

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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":
    • (by kind or area of application) political, legal, visual, classical, ancient
    • (by quality) violent, empty, inflammatory, hateful, heated, fiery, vitriolic, angry, overheated, extreme
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