|part of speech:
||the art, ability, or study of using language effectively in speech or writing, esp. to influence or persuade one's audience.
Her skillful rhetoric serves her well in political debates.
- cogency, diction, elocution, eloquence, oratory
||the study of language structure and style, esp. specialized aspects of language use in literature, such as figures of speech.
||the use of inflated or pretentious language, or such language itself; affectation in speech or writing.
One hears a good deal of rhetoric concerning this issue in Congress, but little seems to get done.
- bombast, grandiloquence, magniloquence, orotundity, tumidity, turgidity