Glossary of rhetorical terms meaning




Glossary of rhetorical terms meaning


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Glossary of rhetorical terms meaning


A Glossary of Rhetorical Terms

Rhetoric is literally the art of the orator, the art of persuasive public speaking


Socrates: The fact is, as we said at the beginning of our discussion, that the aspiring speaker needs no knowledge of the truth about what is right or good... In courts of justice no attention is paid whatever to the truth about such topics; all that matters is plausibility... There are even some occasions when both prosecution and defence should positively suppress the facts in favor of probability, if the facts are improbable. Never mind the truth -- pursue probability through thick and thin in every kind of speech; the whole secret of the art of speaking lies in consistent adherence to this principle.
Phaedrus: That is what those who claim to be professional teachers of rhetoric actually say, Socrates.

--Plato, Phaedrus 272

Nor Mars his sword, nor war's quick fire shall burn
The living record of your memory.


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