- communication of thought by words; talk; conversation: earnest and intelligent discourse.
- a formal discussion of a subject in speech or writing, as a dissertation, treatise, sermon, etc.
- Linguistics. any unit of connected speech or writing longer than a sentence.
- to communicate thoughts orally; talk; converse.
- to treat of a subject formally in speech or writing.
- to utter or give forth (musical sounds).
Origin of discourse
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Examples from the Web for discoursed
Oldaker sipped his glass of old Oloroso sherry and discoursed.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Albergotti came down to them, and discoursed with them a long time.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
Jaffir, squatting on his heels, discoursed in measured tones.The Rescue
The Canadian Medicos are fresh from France and discoursed about moral.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
While the mechanic was fixing it he discoursed to me on the laundry.Working With the Working Woman
Cornelia Stratton Parker
- verbal communication; talk; conversation
- a formal treatment of a subject in speech or writing, such as a sermon or dissertation
- a unit of text used by linguists for the analysis of linguistic phenomena that range over more than one sentence
- archaic the ability to reason or the reasoning process
- (intr; often foll by on or upon) to speak or write (about) formally and extensively
- (intr) to hold a discussion
- (tr) archaic to give forth (music)
Word Origin and History for discoursed
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.