Word of the Day: Rhetoric

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Rhetoric (rĕt’ər-ĭk) is the skill of using language effectively or persuasively. It comes from the Greek rhêtôr (orator). Notice that rhetoric was one of the three original liberal arts in Greece, together with dialectic and grammar.

As the debate about media ownership has moved to Congress during the last two months, the tone of the rhetoric has grown increasingly shrill. (NY Times)

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