the art or science of using language in prose or verse. the effective use of language in oratory to influence or persuade an audience. the study of the theory and principles of effective communication. Cp. discourse analysis. adj. rhetorical.
The art of using language effectively. Rhetoric involves the writer?s purpose, the audience, the discovery and exploration of a subject, its arrangement and organization), the style and tone in which it is expressed, and the form in which it is delivered.
The art of expressive speech or discourse, often referred to as speaking reduced to a method. Grounded in the ancient world, rhetoric was revived in Renaissance Italy for its attention to various rules for organizing thought and speech. These rules were transposed to the visual arts, and this helped to establish a structure for early modern art theory.
The art of speaking or writing effectively and convincingly. Paul uses forms of Greco-Roman rhetoric to persuade his Corinthian readers. For instance, 2 Cor. 8-9 has the form of an apology or a defense. Paul is the defendant, the Corinthians are the jury, and Paul's opponents are the accusers.
the linguistic strategies used by speakers or authors of text to convey particular impressions or reinforce specific interpretations, most commonly in support of the authority of the text to speak the truth.
Rhetoric is the art of effective and persuasive speaking. In a time when few people had access to written literature, rhetoric was especially important. As the printing press made books more available to more people and the written word became more pervasive, the importance of rhetoric declined.
Rhetoric is the study of the art of verbal or written communication, with specific attention to the structure and development of persuasive argument. Rhetoric has come to carry negative connotations, as in "....just a bunch of political rhetoric." That is, someone's speech was just words and empty promises. The negative connotation is somewhat understandable since rhetoric as the art of persuasion is meant to allow anybody to argue any side of an issue whether they actually believe what they are saying or not. A "rhetorical strategy" is simply a device used within the construction of a persuasive argument. For example, opening a speech with "My fellow Americans" is a rhetorical strategy meant to align the speaker with the common man and to show nationalistic pride.
1. The study of the elements, as structure or style, used in writing and speaking. 2. The art of effective expression and persuasive use of language. 3. Affected or pretentious language. 4. Verbal communication; discourse.
Rhetoric (from Greek , rhÃªtÃ´r, orator, teacher) is the art or technique of persuasion through the use of oral, written, or visual symbols. Rhetoric is one of the three original liberal arts or trivium (the other members are dialectic and grammar) in Western culture. In ancient and medieval times, grammar concerned itself with correct, accurate, pleasing, and effective language use through the study and criticism of literary models, dialectic concerned itself with the testing and invention of new knowledge through a process of question and answer, and rhetoric concerned itself with persuasion in public and political settings such as assemblies and courts of law.
Aristotle's Rhetoric (or "Ars Rhetorica", or "The Art of Rhetoric" or "Treatise on Rhetoric") places the discipline of public speaking in the context of all other intellectual pursuits at the time. Moreover, Aristotle is working to rehabilitate the reputation of rhetoric in light of Plato's attacks on the art as just a knack and not an art.