rhetoric

[ ret-er-ik ]
/ ˈrɛt ər ɪk /

noun

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Origin of rhetoric

1300–50; <Latin rhētorica<Greek rhētorikḕ (téchnē) rhetorical (art); replacing Middle English rethorik<Medieval Latin rēthorica,Latin rhētorica, as above
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British Dictionary definitions for rhetoric

rhetoric
/ (ˈrɛtərɪk) /

noun

the study of the technique of using language effectively
the art of using speech to persuade, influence, or please; oratory
excessive use of ornamentation and contrivance in spoken or written discourse; bombast
speech or discourse that pretends to significance but lacks true meaningall the politician says is mere rhetoric

Word Origin for rhetoric

C14: via Latin from Greek rhētorikē (tekhnē) (the art of) rhetoric, from rhētōr rhetor
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