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
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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
The idea that two sets of rules exist for elites and ordinary Americans riddled Trump’s populist campaign rhetoric.
The email shows the Trump business official directly seeking Kremlin assistance in advancing Trump's business interests, in the same months when Trump was distinguishing himself on the campaign trail with his warm rhetoric about Putin.
In any case, his rhetoric has led to a distinctly alt-right false equivalence.
This is a retreat from the prime minister’s pre-election rhetoric about ending the court’s jurisdiction over Britain.
Netanyahu, however, did not specifically comment on Trump’s rhetoric, as a number of other world leaders had.
After launching a career with songs that framed certain women (ahem, Katy Perry) as villains, Swift began publicly subscribing to a #squad-centric rhetoric and used her own female friendships as proof of her feminist ideals.
Despite the heated rhetoric among the people who want the statue to stay or be removed, Kenney questioned whether the majority of city residents care.
His top aides were stunned by his comments, with some – including new chief of staff John Kelly – standing by helplessly as the president escalated his rhetoric.
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Origin and Etymology of rhetoric
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsbombast, fustian, gas, grandiloquence, hot air, oratory, verbiage, wind
Related Wordsclaptrap, drivel, gibberish, hogwash, humbug, jabberwocky, jazz, moonshine, nonsense; affectedness, floweriness, grandiosity, loftiness, pomposity, pretension, pretentiousness; garrulity, garrulousness, verboseness, verbosity, windiness, wordiness
RHETORIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rhetoric 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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