verb (used without object), dis·coursed, dis·cours·ing.
verb (used with object), dis·coursed, dis·cours·ing.
- discounted cash flow,
- discourse analysis,
- discovered check
Origin of discourse
Examples from the Web for discourse
His discourse is now more detailed: submission, which is the meaning of islam in Arabic, gives him a kind of enjoyment.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The dire fatalism that dominated the discourse then is gone, replaced largely with a practiced apathy.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Is it the faculty of reason, or perhaps, the faculty for discourse?
Several stubborn ideas have steered much of the discourse around health care.
But if you choose to conduct your discourse in 140-word snaps, or soundbites, then you reap the crop of dumb that you sow.
He formed a close friendship with Swarup, and the two lived together engaged in discourse on Krishna.Chaitanya's Life And Teachings|Krishna das Kaviraja
Jessamine grew silent and almost peevish; and from discourse upon man and woman she hopped, she skipped, she flew.Lin McLean|Owen Wister
I think I can give you almost word for word the discourse as it ran.Tales of the Wonder Club, Volume II|Alexander Huth
But here, in the last book, there does seem to be some kind of method in his discourse.The Life of Cicero|Anthony Trollope
After this pause, I renewed the discourse with some of its original spirit.The Chainbearer|J. Fenimore Cooper
noun (ˈdɪskɔːs, dɪsˈkɔːs)
Word Origin for discourse
late 14c., "process of understanding, reasoning, thought," from French discours, from Latin discursus "a running about," in Late Latin "conversation," from past participle stem of discurrere "run about," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + currere "to run" (see current (adj.)). Sense of "formal speech or writing" is first recorded 1580s.
1540s, from discourse (n.). Related: Discoursed; discoursing.