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1. Verbal expression in speech or writing: political discourse.
2. Verbal exchange or conversation: listened to their discourse on foreign policy.
3. A formal, lengthy treatment of a subject, either written or spoken.
4. Archaic The process or power of reasoning.
v. (dĭ-skôrs′) dis·coursed, dis·cours·ing, dis·cours·es
1. To speak or write formally and at length. See Synonyms at speak.
2. To engage in conversation or discussion; converse: "The two men walked around the city and discoursed on its antiquities" (Michael Wood).
To narrate or discuss.
[Middle English discours, process of reasoning, from Medieval Latin discursus, from Latin, a running about, from past participle of discurrere, to run about : dis-, apart; see dis- + currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots.]
1. verbal communication; talk; conversation
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a formal treatment of a subject in speech or writing, such as a sermon or dissertation
3. (Linguistics) a unit of text used by linguists for the analysis of linguistic phenomena that range over more than one sentence
4. archaic the ability to reason or the reasoning process
5. (intr; often foll by on or upon) to speak or write (about) formally and extensively
6. (intr) to hold a discussion
7. (Music, other) (tr) archaic to give forth (music)
[C14: from Medieval Latin discursus argument, from Latin: a running to and fro, from discurrere to run different ways, from dis-1 + currere to run]
dis•course(n. ˈdɪs kɔrs, -koʊrs, dɪsˈkɔrs, -ˈkoʊrs; v. dɪsˈkɔrs, -ˈkoʊrs)
n., v. -coursed, -cours•ing. n.
1. communication of thought by words; talk; conversation.
2. a formal discussion of a subject in speech or writing, as a treatise or sermon.
3. any unit of connected speech or writing longer than a sentence.v.i.
4. to communicate thoughts orally; talk; converse.
5. to treat of a subject formally in speech or writing.
[1325–75; Middle English discours < Medieval Latin discursus (sp. by influence of Middle English cours course), Late Latin: conversation, Latin: running to and fro]
Past participle: discoursed
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|Noun||1.||discourse - extended verbal expression in speech or writing|
language unit, linguistic unit - one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed
|2.||discourse - an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)|
speech, address - the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"
baccalaureate - a farewell sermon to a graduating class at their commencement ceremonies
evangelism - zealous preaching and advocacy of the gospel
|3.||discourse - an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic; "the book contains an excellent discussion of modal logic"; "his treatment of the race question is badly biased"|
communicating, communication - the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information; "they could not act without official communication from Moscow"
detail - extended treatment of particulars; "the essay contained too much detail"
dilation - a lengthy discussion (spoken or written) on a particular topic
consideration - a discussion of a topic (as in a meeting); "consideration of the traffic problem took more than an hour"
talk - discussion; (`talk about' is a less formal alternative for `discussion of'); "his poetry contains much talk about love and anger"
|Verb||1.||discourse - to consider or examine in speech or writing; "The author talks about the different aspects of this question"; "The class discussed Dante's `Inferno'"|
deal, plow, handle, treat, cover, address - act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression; "This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of China"
descant - talk at great length about something of one's interest
talk shop - discuss matters that are related to work; "As soon as they met, the linguists started to talk shop"
|2.||discourse - carry on a conversation|
interview - discuss formally with (somebody) for the purpose of an evaluation; "We interviewed the job candidates"
interview - go for an interview in the hope of being hired; "The job candidate interviewed everywhere"
talk, speak - exchange thoughts; talk with; "We often talk business"; "Actions talk louder than words"
|3.||discourse - talk at length and formally about a topic; "The speaker dissertated about the social politics in 18th century England"|
1. conversation, talk, discussion, speech, communication, chat, dialogue, converse a tradition of political discourse
2. Spoken exchange: