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Usage examples for rhetoric

  1. No flowers of rhetoric can change the fact, No arts of speech can varnish o'er my shame: Orlando has refus'd me! – The Fatal Falsehood by Hannah More
  2. Every combination of citizens, from the provincial states down to the humblest rhetoric club, was to retain its ancient constitution. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  3. Silence then must be the best rhetoric; and the sweetest eloquence, when eloquence itself must become dumb and silent. – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  4. She had taken from his hand the little Spanish cane with which he often used to assist his weak rhetoric, and was making use of it for a calm destruction of the elegant curl- edifice on the young Maestro's brows. – The Prose Writings of Heinrich Heine by Heinrich Heine
  5. Anybody who loved anybody could answer such a poor little excuse for a riddle as that; besides, it sounds like an extract from somebody's 'First Easy Lessons in Rhetoric. – The Master-Knot of Human Fate by Ellis Meredith
  6. Stop the waggon, Joey- let me out, and by G- d, if I have rhetoric enough, the thief shall not only take your purse, but your skin also. – The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett
  7. He says little about its size or composition, but much rhetoric is expended on the contrivances by which its usefulness and attractiveness were to be increased. – The Care of Books by John Willis Clark
  8. If the spectators had expected a piteous appeal for mercy or a burst of prison rhetoric, they were disappointed. – McAllister and His Double by Arthur Train
  9. She read Blair's Rhetoric repeatedly. – Harriet Martineau by Florence Fenwick Miller
  10. The composition, unlike so many other triumphal inscriptions, is not a mere piece of official rhetoric, in which the poverty of the subject is concealed by a multitude of common- places whether historical or mythological. – History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 5 (of 12) by G. Maspero
  11. Ever yours, W. J. James was not indulging in empty rhetoric when he said that his conscience drove him to face the disapproval of his medical colleagues. – The Letters of William James, Vol. II by William James
  12. The sole object of Logic is the guidance of one's own thoughts; the communication of those thoughts to others falls under the consideration of Rhetoric, in the large sense in which that art was conceived by the ancients; or of the still more extensive art of Education. – A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive (Vol. 1 of 2) by John Stuart Mill
  13. I have often seen them listen to Tupia with great attention; but I never found his arguments have any weight with them, or that with all his rhetoric, he could persuade any one of them that this custom was wrong. – A Voyage Towards the South Pole and Round the World, Volume 1 by James Cook
  14. You remember that that was his favorite figure of rhetoric, and he repeated it several times? – The Red Acorn by John McElroy
  15. He realized that here was not a man whom his torrent of bloody facts would move, but who demanded also a more persuasive rhetoric. – Rose MacLeod by Alice Brown
  16. Ingenious fancy, while weaving over this case a dazzling web of rhetoric, may have deluded the eyes that overlooked the loom, and caused them to discern other seemings than the first ones; but such delusion will never become epidemic. – Witchcraft of New England Explained by Modern Spiritualism by Allen Putnam
  17. Men call on her for their defence, as a favourable witness: she is a note of their rhetoric. – One of Our Conquerors, v2 by George Meredith Edition: 10 Language: English
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