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Definition of Discourse


  1. The power of the mind to reason or infer by running, as it were, from one fact or reason to another, and deriving a conclusion; an exercise or act of this power; reasoning; range of reasoning faculty.
  2. Conversation; talk.
  3. The art and manner of speaking and conversing.
  4. Consecutive speech, either written or unwritten, on a given line of thought; speech; treatise; dissertation; sermon, etc.; as, the preacher gave us a long discourse on duty.
  5. Dealing; transaction.
  6. To exercise reason; to employ the mind in judging and inferring; to reason.
  7. To express one's self in oral discourse; to expose one's views; to talk in a continuous or formal manner; to hold forth; to speak; to converse.
  8. To relate something; to tell.
  9. To treat of something in writing and formally.
  10. To treat of; to expose or set forth in language.
  11. To utter or give forth; to speak.
  12. To talk to; to confer with.

Discourse Quotations

Racial profiling punishes innocent individuals for the past actions of those who look and sound like them. It misdirects crucial resources and undercuts the trust needed between law enforcement and the communities they serve. It has no place in our national discourse, and no place in our nation's police departments.
Benjamin Todd Jealous

Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.
Izaak Walton

It's important that people understand who I am and where I come from and not just have it shaped by purely political discourse.
Justin Trudeau

I'm not shy about heated debate or passionate discourse, but when people get crazy or rude, that's a buzz kill. There's got to be a better code of conduct, some basic etiquette.
Mos Def

Civility is not not saying negative or harsh things. It is not the absence of critical analysis. It is the manner in which we are sharing this territorial freedom of political discussion. If our discourse is yelled and screamed and interrupted and patronized, that's uncivil.
Richard Dreyfuss
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Discourse Translations

discourse in German is reden, Rede halten
discourse in Norwegian is foredrag
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