One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Characterized by or designed to display rhetorical or oratorical skill.
impressive, imposing, majestic, extravagant, grandiloquent, magniloquent, high-flown, high-sounding, lofty, rotund, orotund, bombastic, grandiose, pompous, pretentious, overblown, overripe, oratorical, rhetorical, turgid, flowery, florid, declamatory, ciceronianView synonyms
- ‘Overall, epideictic rhetoric may address policy or value issues, can issue blame as well as praise, and bears a close conceptual relationship with song.’
- ‘Nonetheless, epideictic rhetoric may have political implications.’
- ‘On the other hand, epideictic rhetoric implies that tradition or social standing authorizes the rhetor to locate the object of praise in the criteria of excellence.’
- ‘He argues that epideictic rhetoric with its traditional concern with the noble provides the model from which a contemporary reasoning about ends could proceed.’
- ‘The traditional approach to this difficulty is to dismiss epideictic oratory as irrelevant and gratuitous display.’
Late 18th century: from Greek epideiktikos (based on deiknunai ‘to show’).
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