epideictic

adjective ep·i·deic·tic \ ¦epə¦dīktik \

Definition of epideictic

: designed primarily for rhetorical effect : demonstrative
  • epideictic style of writing
  • the Indian speeches are … more of the nature of the forensic and, occasionally, epideictic or panegyric, than of deliberative oratory
  • —H. J. C. Grierson
used especially of ceremonial orations of praise or blame

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Origin and Etymology of epideictic

Greek epideiktikos, from (assumed) Greek epideiktos (verbal of Greek epideiknynai to exhibit, show off, display, from epi- + deiknynai to show) + Greek -ikos -ic


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