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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 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

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

We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.
William Butler Yeats

It is up to the public to stop attending these theatrical, and aquatic shows, and circuses with wild animals. The rhetoric about how the animals are happy and well cared for are lies. Don't be swayed by them. The money behind these shows is huge; there is nothing good about them.
Tippi Hedren

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
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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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