(?), n. [F. rhtorique, L. rhetorica, Gr. (sc. ), fr. rhetorical, oratorical, fr. orator, rhetorician; perhaps akin to E. word; cf. to say.] 1. The art of composition; especially, elegant composition in prose.
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2. Oratory; the art of speaking with propriety, elegance, and force. Locke.
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3. Hence, artificial eloquence; fine language or declamation without conviction or earnest feeling.
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4. Fig. : The power of persuasion or attraction; that which allures or charms.
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Sweet, silent rhetoric of persuading eyes.
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