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rhetorical device

Definition:

a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

rhetorical devices

Part of:

rhetoric

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Rhetorical device | resource of language

a technique that an author or speaker uses to convey to the listener or reader a meaning with the goal of persuading him or her towards considering a topic from a different perspective. The goal of rhetoric is to persuade towards a particular frame of ... (45 of 659 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Rhetorical device

Wiktionary:

rhetorical device | rhetorical devices [plural]

A phrase (set phrase or created phrase) that uses reduplication, onomatopoeia, or other phonetic markers that increase memorability and "musicality" (making rhetoric pleasing or entertaining). (25 of 26 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/rhetorical device

Britannica Encyclopedia:

rhetoric

the principles of training communicators--those seeking to persuade or inform; in the 20th century it has undergone a shift of emphasis from the ... (24 of 1105 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/501179​/rhetoric

Columbia Encyclopedia:

oratory | rhetoric

the art of swaying an audience by eloquent speech. In ancient Greece and Rome oratory was included under the term "rhetoric", which meant the art of ... (26 of 572 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0836781​.html

Collins Dictionary:

rhetoric | oratory [synonym, sense-specific] | bombast [synonym, sense-specific]

the study of the technique of using language effectively | the art of using speech to persuade, influence, or please; oratory | excessive use of ... (23 of 470 words, 4 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/rhetoric

Merriam-Webster:

rhetoric | discourse [synonym, sense-specific] | bombast [synonym, sense-specific] | fustian [synonym, sense-specific] | gas [synonym, sense-specific] | grandiloquence [synonym, sense-specific] | hot air [synonym, sense-specific] | oratory [synonym, sense-specific] | verbiage [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the art of speaking or writing effectively: as ; the study of principles ... | skill in the effective use of speech ; a type or mode of language or ... (29 of 353 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rhetoric

American Heritage Dictionary:

rhetoric

The art or study of using language effectively and persuasively. | A treatise or book discussing this art. | Skill in using language effectively and ... (23 of 90 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rhetoric

Cambridge Dictionary:

rhetoric

speech or writing which is intended to be effective and influence people | [specialized] the study of the ways of using language effectively | ... (22 of 88 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rhetoric

Macmillan British Dictionary:

rhetoric [uncountable]

a style of speaking or writing that is intended to influence people ; a style of speaking or writing that is intended to impress people but is not ... (28 of 84 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/rhetoric

New World Dictionary:

rhetoric

the art of using words effectively in speaking or writing; especially, now, ... | artificial eloquence; language that is showy and elaborate but ... (22 of 69 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rhetoric

Oxford Dictionary:

rhet.

Syllabification: (rhet.) Entry from United States Dictionary | rhetoric. | rhetorical. (9 of 23 words, 3 definitions)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/rhet​.

Random House Dictionary:

rhet. | rhetoric [sense-specific] | rhetorical [sense-specific]

rhetoric | rhetorical (2 of 5 words, 2 definitions)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/rhet

Encarta Dictionary:

rhetoric

speech or writing that communicates its point persuasively | complex or elaborate language that only succeeds in sounding pretentious | fine-sounding ... (19 of 93 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861702499​/definition​.html  [offline]

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