Examples of rhetoric in a Sentence
- The media almost never discuss what the sweeping dismantling of public services inherent in the rhetoric of the antigovernment movement would mean in practice. —E. J. Dionne, Jr., Commonweal, 20 Nov. 2009
- What they are in reality are the romantic words of a man who needs glorious rhetoric to cover up murderous reality. —Pete Hamill, Cosmopolitan, April 1976
- No speech could have been more thoroughly honest in its intention: the frigid rhetoric at the end was as sincere as the bark of a dog, or the cawing of an amorous rook. —George Eliot, Middlemarch, 1872
- Otherwise he might have been a great general, blowing up all sorts of towns, or he might have been a great politician, dealing in all sorts of parliamentary rhetoric; but as it was, he and the Court of Chancery had fallen upon each other in the pleasantest way, and nobody was much the worse … —Charles Dickens, Bleak House, 1852-53
a college course in rhetoric
the mayor's promise to fight drugs was just rhetoric, since there was no money in the city budget for a drug program
Recent Examples of rhetoric from the Web
Melania Trump was also accused of plagiarism when portions of her speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention featured rhetoric used by Michelle Obama in 2008.
Confronted by the morass that is Trump—the power struggles, whiplash of news, upending of norms, surreal rhetoric—the imagination strains.
And this, my friends, is the reason that so many people took issue with not only Kanye’s hurtful rhetoric but also with the use of his voice and his power to potentially push the needle the wrong way.
Trump’s rhetoric on drug prices has reflected public apprehension on the issue.
His wealth—in addition to his whiteness—has allowed him to not only perpetuate hateful rhetoric but also become President of the United States while doing it.
Such rhetoric appears to endorse the citizen-hacker model suggested by the Shawn Carpenter case.
The other lesson is that always worth interrogating political rhetoric from the recent past.
Today, as hate crimes and hate groups are on the rise, fueled by a thriving Islamophobia industry that spreads myths and misperceptions about Islam and Muslims, hateful rhetoric has become a norm.
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Origin and Etymology of rhetoric
gift of gab;
RHETORIC Defined for English Language Learners
: language that is intended to influence people and that may not be honest or reasonable
: the art or skill of speaking or writing formally and effectively especially as a way to persuade or influence people
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