- 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
Related Wordsessay, rhetoric, treatise, communication, discussion, conversation, speech, lecture, monologue, huddle, thesis, descant, converse, homily, verbalization, monograph, sermon, paper, speaking, chat
Examples from the Web for discoursing
It was the picture of St. Remi, man, of which I have been discoursing.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Oh, to be well informed, discoursing at ease on every subject that a lady started!Howards End
E. M. Forster
He is discoursing in a high-flown vein, which may be compared to the 'dithyrambics of the Phaedrus.'Cratylus
They had boundless leisure and the faculty of discoursing, not only with one another, but with the animals.Gorgias
But of human things we have not as yet spoken, and we must; for to men we are discoursing and not to Gods.Laws
- 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 discoursing
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.