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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

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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