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Definition of Rhetoric

Rhetoric

  1. The art of composition; especially, elegant composition in prose.
  2. Oratory; the art of speaking with propriety, elegance, and force.
  3. Hence, artificial eloquence; fine language or declamation without conviction or earnest feeling.
  4. Fig. : The power of persuasion or attraction; that which allures or charms.

Rhetoric Quotations

Rhetoric does not get you anywhere, because Hitler and Mussolini are just as good at rhetoric. But if you can bring these people down with comedy, they stand no chance.
Mel Brooks

The duty of rhetoric is to deal with such matters as we deliberate upon without arts or systems to guide us, in the hearing of persons who cannot take in at a glance a complicated argument or follow a long chain of reasoning.
Aristotle

Rhetoric may be defined as the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion. This is not a function of any other art.
Aristotle

When a party is in opposition, it opposes. That's its job. But when it comes to power, it must govern. Easy rhetoric is over, the press of reality becomes irresistible. By necessity, it adopts some of the policies it had once denounced. And a new national consensus is born.
Charles Krauthammer

Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.
Theodore Roosevelt
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Rhetoric Translations

rhetoric in Dutch is rederijkerskunst, retoriek
rhetoric in German is Rhetorik, Redekunst
rhetoric in Swedish is retorik
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