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rhetoric (n.)

14世纪初,来自古法语 rethorique ,来自拉丁语 rhetorice ,来自希腊语 rh ē torike tekhn ē "演说家的艺术",来自 rhētōr (属名词 rh ē toros )"演讲者,演讲大师,演说家;话语艺术家。修辞学教师",特别是(在阿特克官方语言中),"公共场合的演说家",与 rhesis "演说"有关, rhema "词、短语、动词",字面意思是"说出来的东西",来自PIE *wre-tor- ,来自根 *were- (3)"说"(来源也是古英语 word ,拉丁语 verbum ,希腊语 eirein "说;"见 verb )。

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Definitions of rhetoric from WordNet

rhetoric (n.)
using language effectively to please or persuade;
rhetoric (n.)
high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation;
Synonyms: grandiosity / magniloquence / ornateness / grandiloquence
rhetoric (n.)
loud and confused and empty talk;
mere rhetoric
Synonyms: palaver / hot air / empty words / empty talk
rhetoric (n.)
study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking);
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