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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-23-04 02:22 PM
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74. It is too bad that rhetoric has a pejorative definition
Effectively and persuasively would describe the good Doctor. Too bad definition 2b is in there. It makes the statement become negative.

rhetoric ( P ) Pronunciation Key (rtr-k)
n.

1 The art or study of using language effectively and persuasively.
A treatise or book discussing this art.
Skill in using language effectively and persuasively.

2a A style of speaking or writing, especially the language of a particular subject: fiery political rhetoric.

b.Language that is elaborate, pretentious, insincere, or intellectually vacuous: His offers of compromise were mere rhetoric.
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