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
The post now has hundreds of replies as people within Middletown and from elsewhere debated immigration, divisive rhetoric and national politics.
That's extraordinary rhetoric, aimed in this case at Germany's support for a Russian natural gas project that would put a pipeline through Europe.
Italy’s populist Lega party entered government after extending its traditional northern support deep into the south with anti-immigrant rhetoric.
Frenzied rhetoric about income inequality was a larger theme in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign than in any previous American election.
Trump lost to Hillary Clinton by two percentage points, and his policies and incendiary rhetoric about immigration have been toxic with the growing Latino electorate and other groups of voters.
Another concern was the rhetoric and potentially divisive immigration policy of Donald Trump.
Critics saying that the president's rhetoric about fire and fury was spinning us into a nuclear war.
On top of the emotional toll the separation has taken on the family, Jessica said the current rhetoric about immigration is painful to hear.
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Origin and Etymology of rhetoric
gift of gab;
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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