Definition of 'rhetoric'
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This mismatch between rhetoric and action reflects a simple fact. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The wrong phrase, some harsh rhetoric in a speech can undo years of work in moving the party towards the centre ground. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This is not the rhetoric used in a healthy relationship. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Within the study of classical rhetoric it is usually held that the emotional effect is paramount. Times, Sunday Times (2012)There will be new political rhetoric on becoming drug free. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The gap between rhetoric and action makes it difficult to predict where the government is going. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The rhetoric has been used as a stick with which to beat him. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It is time government acted to match its domestic actions with its rhetoric on the world stage. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Senior politicians use incredibly belligerent rhetoric that presents protest as a crime. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Of course the concept of rhetoric can be used both positively and negatively. Times, Sunday Times (2015)He knows how to use the reform rhetoric but in his actions he stays in the middle politically. Times, Sunday Times (2009)In political rhetoric a small step in the right direction can be made to sound like at least three. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The distorting veil of rhetoric and language that divides us from the past remains a force to be reckoned with. The Times Literary Supplement (2011)Also interesting was the political rhetoric. Times, Sunday Times (2014)These costs cannot be borne out of profits, no matter what popular rhetoric may say. MANAGEMENT: task, responsibilities, practices (1974)You can't yawn for being bombarded with political rhetoric. The Sun (2015)Our leaders are committed to this ideal, but is there solid action behind the rhetoric? Times, Sunday Times (2009)Such rhetoric may sell books. Christianity Today (2000)He criticised his own party for'being too slow in condemning rhetoric that is harsh and intolerable'. Times, Sunday Times (2012)
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Translations for 'rhetoric'
British English: rhetoric NOUN
If you refer to speech or writing as rhetoric, you disapprove of it because it is intended to convince and impress people but may not be sincere or honest.
What is required is immediate action, not rhetoric.
Definition of rhetoric from the Collins English Dictionary
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