verb (used without object), dis·coursed, dis·cours·ing.
verb (used with object), dis·coursed, dis·cours·ing.
Origin of discourse
Synonyms for discourse
Related Words for discoursesessay, rhetoric, treatise, communication, discussion, conversation, speech, lecture, monologue, huddle, thesis, descant, converse, homily, verbalization, monograph, sermon, paper, speaking, chat
Examples from the Web for discourses
Historical Examples of discourses
In his discourses he was neither an extempore preacher, nor did he read.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
My discourses were sometimes off-hand and sometimes studied.Biography of a Slave
We gather up the fragments of His discourses, but neither do they represent Him as He truly was.The Republic
For I have been exceedingly delighted to hear the discourses which you have just been holding.Eryxias
An Imitator of Plato
But these discourses are contrary to all proceedings of this nature.The Shadow of a Crime
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.