1. The art of composition; especially, elegant composition in prose.
2. Oratory; the art of speaking with propriety, elegance, and force.
3. Hence, artificial eloquence; fine language or declamation without conviction or earnest feeling.
4. Fig. : The power of persuasion or attraction; that which allures or charms.
Sweet, silent rhetoric of persuading eyes. --Daniel.
n 1: using language effectively to please or persuade
2: high flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation
[syn: grandiosity, magniloquence, grandiloquence]
3: loud and confused and empty talk; "mere rhetoric" [syn: palaver,
hot air, empty words, empty talk]
4: study of the technique and rules for using language
effectively (especially in public speaking)