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Definitions of discourse

  1. carry on a conversation
  2. extended verbal expression in speech or writing
  3. an address of a religious nature ( usually delivered during a church service)
  4. talk or hold forth formally about a topic; " The speaker dissertated about the social politics in 18th century England"
  5. to consider or examine in speech or writing; " The article covered all the different aspects of this question"; " The class discussed Dante's ` Inferno'"
  6. 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.
  7. Conversation; talk.
  8. 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.
  9. Dealing; transaction.
  10. To exercise reason; to employ the mind in judging and inferring; to reason.
  11. 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.
  12. To relate something; to tell.
  13. To treat of something in writing and formally.
  14. To treat of; to expose or set forth in language.
  15. To utter or give forth; to speak.
  16. To talk to; to confer with.
  17. Speech or language; conversation; sermon.
  18. To talk or converse.
  19. To utter, as to discourse wisdom.
  20. Speech or language generally: conversation: a treatise: a sermon.
  21. To talk or converse: to reason: to treat formally.
  22. Speech; talk; an address; treatise.
  23. To talk; speak; converse; make an address.
  24. Connected communication of thought; conversation; a formal address.
  25. The power or the act of reasoning; a communication of thoughts by words; conversation; a formal treatise or dissertation; a sermon uttered or written.
  26. To treat of; to utter or give forth.
  27. To converse; to communicate thoughts or ideas in a formal manner; to reason; to pass from premises to consequences.
  28. Conversation; communication of thoughts by words; a treatise; a dissertation; a sermon.
  29. To talk or converse; to reason; to converse formally.
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Usage examples for discourse

  1. She was unable to follow the speaker any longer, and lost the thread of his discourse, until after a while she heard him, in soft caressing words, give a picture of the southern country. – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  2. A Discourse on the Christian Union. – The Development of Religious Liberty in Connecticut by M. Louise Greene, Ph. D.
  3. As she did this the canvas was fluttering aboard her, in the process of making sail, and Mull held a short discourse with Spike. – Jack Tier or The Florida Reef by James Fenimore Cooper
  4. Banks had just concluded a discreet discourse upon my accomplishment of the day before, and had left for my newspapers, when he came running back with the information that Miss Manners would see my honour that day. – Richard Carvel, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  5. We begged him to walk round with us again, since he had uttered the latter part of his discourse standing near the tree- stump which had served us as a target. – On the Future of our Educational Institutions by Friedrich Nietzsche
  6. This absence of mind continued until Bulstrode, who had been talking with our host on the subject of the movements of the army, suddenly directed his discourse to me. – Satanstoe by James Fenimore Cooper
  7. In the stillness of the evening I could hear every word of their discourse. – Daisy Burns (Volume 2) by Julia Kavanagh
  8. Come then, O thou blind Pharisee, let us pass away a few minutes in some discourse about this. – The Pharisee And The Publican by John Bunyan
  9. What the eternity of thy discourse? – Poems of The Second Period by Frederich Schiller
  10. The Lady Jambicque would not allow him to finish his discourse, but said to him in great wrath- " Did you ever hear or see that I had sweetheart or lover? – The Tales Of The Heptameron, Vol. IV. (of V.) by Margaret, Queen Of Navarre
  11. Oh, no, Mr Salis; I was thinking of your discourse." – The Man with a Shadow by George Manville Fenn
  12. Pendoggat prepared his discourse as he rode up. – Furze the Cruel by John Trevena
  13. A longer discourse he will perhaps have to listen to with the rest of his side. – A Collection of College Words and Customs by Benjamin Homer Hall
  14. The Rais replied:-" Such discourse will not do; you have money, and must pay." – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  15. He had resolved to speak 'extempore, ' just as the mood moved him, and to make his discourse as brief as possible,- a mere twelve minutes' sermon. – God's Good Man by Marie Corelli
  16. The Rover turned calmly to his veteran companion, and continued the discourse. – The Red Rover by James Fenimore Cooper
  17. Who is to deliver the discourse, Mr. Brand? – Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson
  18. In cheery, non- consequent fashion, she would discourse of her blessings by the hour together. – A Question of Marriage by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  19. And so I shall, in this second part of the present discourse, state the case for our social experience as a source of religious insight. – The Sources Of Religious Insight by Josiah Royce
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