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
Puigdemont, 54, continued to step up the divisive rhetoric on Tuesday, accusing Spain of having a vengeful and politicized justice system and a government that was ready to use violence against its people.
Over the last few weeks, this has been obscured by divisive political rhetoric in the country.
Democrats have repeatedly complained the plan was too favorable to business and the wealthy and contradicted Trump's rhetoric of bringing relief and economic benefit to the stressed middle class.
Like the Clinton Foundation scandal, this populist rhetoric lends a patina of legitimacy to a story that the populist right wants told.
Once in office, Trump transformed this rhetoric into policy, implementing a nationwide crackdown on immigrant communities.
Though his rhetoric may be that of a public service announcement, the facts bear out Mr. Peters’s message.
Gloria Steinem, Susan Faludi, all of those relentlessly ideological feminists are people who have wandered away from traditional religion and made a certain rabid type of feminist rhetoric their religion.
Some of the rhetoric coming from Labour has been concerning.
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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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