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
And since President Donald Trump was elected, college administrators say, his rhetoric and more restrictive views on immigration have made the U.S. even less attractive to international students.
The rhetoric of empathy turned out to be integral to Third Coast: throughout the conference it was brought up repeatedly.
China, North Korea’s main ally and trading partner, has consistently urged Washington and Pyongyang to lower their rhetoric and return to the negotiating table.
But as confident as the candidates were in their rhetoric, expanding Medicaid won't be easy even if one of these Democrats is elected.
Recently, North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said Trump is declaring war against his country with his rhetoric.
Where once there had been the rhetoric of sin and strife and freedom, of bondage and rebellion, there was a myth of charity for all.
Shostakovich’s most popular symphony turns up every couple of seasons at the CSO, challenging conductors to bring their own perspective to what lies beneath the score’s Stalin-era rhetoric and equivocal optimism.
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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
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