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Definition of rhetoric noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(formal) (often disapproving) speech or writing that is intended to influence people, but that is not completely honest or sincere the rhetoric of political slogans empty rhetoric His speech was dismissed as mere rhetoric by his opponents.
  2. 2(formal) the skill of using language in speech or writing in a special way that influences or entertains people synonym oratory
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: rhetoric