Definition of epideictic in US English:



  • Characterized by or designed to display rhetorical or oratorical skill.

    • ‘He argues that epideictic rhetoric with its traditional concern with the noble provides the model from which a contemporary reasoning about ends could proceed.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, epideictic rhetoric may have political implications.’
    • ‘The traditional approach to this difficulty is to dismiss epideictic oratory as irrelevant and gratuitous display.’
    • ‘Overall, epideictic rhetoric may address policy or value issues, can issue blame as well as praise, and bears a close conceptual relationship with song.’
    • ‘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.’
    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, ciceronian
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Late 18th century: from Greek epideiktikos (based on deiknunai ‘to show’).