Rhetoric
Rhetoric Rhet"o*ric, n. [F. rh['e]torique, L. rhetorica, Gr. ???? (sc. ???), fr. ??? rhetorical, oratorical, fr. ??? orator, rhetorician; perhaps akin to E. word; cf. ??? to say.] 1. The art of composition; especially, elegant composition in prose. [1913 Webster]

2. Oratory; the art of speaking with propriety, elegance, and force. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, artificial eloquence; fine language or declamation without conviction or earnest feeling. [1913 Webster]

4. Fig. : The power of persuasion or attraction; that which allures or charms. [1913 Webster]

Sweet, silent rhetoric of persuading eyes. --Daniel. [1913 Webster]


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