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Definition of rhetoric:

  1. Fig. : The power of persuasion or attraction; that which allures or charms.
  2. Hence, artificial eloquence; fine language or declamation without conviction or earnest feeling.
  3. Oratory; the art of speaking with propriety, elegance, and force.
  4. The art of composition; especially, elegant composition in prose.


cajolery, declamation, empty talk, elocution, words, blandishment, euphuism, hot air, palaver, oratory, grandiosity, empty words, magniloquence, flatulence, wordiness, grandiloquence.

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