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Noun: rhetoric  re-tu-rik
  1. Using language effectively to please or persuade
     
  2. High-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation
    "the rhetoric of his prose";
    - grandiosity, magniloquence, ornateness, grandiloquence
     
  3. Loud and confused and empty talk
    "mere rhetoric";
    - palaver, hot air, empty words, empty talk
     
  4. Study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking)

Derived forms: rhetorics

Type of: bunk, expressive style, hokum, literary study, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, style

Encyclopedia: Rhetoric