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rhetoricnoun [U]

uk   /ˈret.ər.ɪk/  us   /ˈret̬.ɚ-/
speech or writing ​intended to be ​effective and ​influencepeople: How ​far the ​president will be ​able to ​translate his ​campaign rhetoric into ​actionremains to be ​seen. I was ​swayed by her rhetoric into ​donating all my ​savings to the ​charity. specialized language the ​study of the ​ways of using ​languageeffectively disapproving cleverlanguage that ​sounds good but is not ​sincere or has no ​realmeaning: In ​reply to the ​question, he just ​produced a lot of empty (= ​meaningless) rhetoric.

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(Definition of rhetoric from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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rhetoricnoun [U]

 us   /ˈret̬·ər·ɪk/
speech or writing that is ​effective and ​persuasive literature Rhetoric is also the ​art of ​speaking and writing ​effectively, or the ​study of this ​art.
rhetorical
adjective  us   /rɪˈtɔr·ɪ·kəl, -ˈtɑr-/
(Definition of rhetoric from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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