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rhetoric

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1 language that is impressive-sounding but not meaningful or sincere
  • the mayor's promise to fight drugs was just rhetoric, since there was no money in the city budget for a drug program

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2 the art or power of speaking or writing in a forceful and convincing way
  • great leaders have often been masters of rhetoric, which they have used for both good and ill

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The first known use of rhetoric was in the 14th century

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“Rhetoric.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/rhetoric. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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