Definition of rhetoric:
- Fig. : The power of persuasion or attraction; that which allures or charms.
- Hence, artificial eloquence; fine language or declamation without conviction or earnest feeling.
- Oratory; the art of speaking with propriety, elegance, and force.
- The art of composition; especially, elegant composition in prose.
- language (part of speech: noun)
- speech (part of speech: noun)
- ornate speech or writing (part of speech: noun)
- "The Bride of Fort Edward", Delia Bacon.
- "Emerson and Other Essays", John Jay Chapman.
Thus it always happens, that when, by their good care, you have escaped certain danger, it is with great difficulty, and only after a deluge of rhetoric, that they consent to accept for their daughters or wives a red wool dress, a gold cross, or a row of large blue Pundaram beads; or for themselves a few dozen of iron bullets, a bag of shot, or a flask of powder.- "Le Morvan, [A District of France,] Its Wild Sports, Vineyards and Forests; with Legends, Antiquities, Rural and Local Sketches", Henri de Crignelle.