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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 rhet·o·ric /ˈrɛtərɪk/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Rhet·o·ric n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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)