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Discourse meaning

discourse - 13 dictionary results

  1. 1. The power of the mind to reason or infer by running, as it were, from one fact or reason to another, and deriving a conclusion; an exercise or act of this power; reasoning; range of reasoning faculty.
  2. 2. Conversation; talk.
  3. 3. The art and manner of speaking and conversing.
  4. 4. Consecutive speech, either written or unwritten, on a given line of thought; speech; treatise; dissertation; sermon, etc.; as, the preacher gave us a long discourse on duty.
  5. 5. Dealing; transaction.
  6. 6. To exercise reason; to employ the mind in judging and inferring; to reason.
  7. 7. To express one's self in oral discourse; to expose one's views; to talk in a continuous or formal manner; to hold forth; to speak; to converse.
  8. 8. To relate something; to tell.
  9. 9. To treat of something in writing and formally.
  10. 10. To treat of; to expose or set forth in language.
  11. 11. To utter or give forth; to speak.
  12. 12. To talk to; to confer with.
  13. 13. Speech; talk; an address; treatise.

discourse - examples of usage

  1. The great advantage of her discourse was that it was self- supporting. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. No discourse could have worn a more welcome sound in Katharine's ears. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  3. It was difficult for Smith during this discourse not to betray his astonishment. - "The Princess Pocahontas", Virginia Watson.
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