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Word: discourse

Definition: serious speech, writing, or conversation; formal discussion (either written or spoken); conversation; V.


Sentences Containing 'discourse'

(See the "Discourse particles" section further down in this article.)
A story may be shared through discourse within a fan group.
All discourse, all action would immediately cease; and men remain in a total lethargy, till the necessities of nature, unsatisfied, put an end to their miserable existence.
Ammal blessed the child and tried to pick up the discourse from where it stopped.
But as my discourse had increased his abhorrence of the whole species, so he found it gave him a disturbance in his mind to which he was wholly a stranger before.
But when philosophers, who pretend to neglect authority, and to cultivate reason, hold the same discourse, I pay them not, I own, the same obsequious submission and pious deference.
But, he feigned not to notice the two strangers, and fell into discourse with the triumvirate of customers who were drinking at the counter.
During this period individual freedom, discourse and the wider cultural context were emphasized.
Having availed herself of it, she resumed her toast and her discourse together.
He had a weekly discourse, 'Viewpoint', in the "Irish Times" from 1974–80.
He has published widely on classroom discourse and the linguistic anthropology of education and serves on the editorial boards of the academic journals "Theory Psychology", "Linguistics Education", "Mind, Culture Activity", "Critical Discourse Studies", "Discourse Processes", "Pedagogies", and "Anthropology Education Quarterly".
His works focus on the possibility of ethical discourse in a religiously pluralistic society.
Homosexuality was a taboo subject for public discourse, so the "Post" referred to a "house of degradation."
I had the favour of being admitted to several _Houyhnhnms_, who came to visit or dine with my master; where his honour graciously suffered me to wait in the room, and listen to their discourse.
I sat all the while, amazed by Mr. Micawber's disclosure, and wondering what it meant; until Mrs. Micawber resumed the thread of the discourse, and claimed my attention.
In 1885 he delivered a discourse at the funeral of President Grant.
In 1887 he delivered another discourse at the funeral of General John A. Logan.
In general, discourse particles, also known as "tags" occur at the end of a sentence.
In our more serious thinking or discourse this is so observable that any particular thought, which breaks in upon the regular tract or chain of ideas, is immediately remarked and rejected.
Isocrates, in what is called his discourse against the sophists, reproaches the teachers of his own times with inconsistency.
It has been adopted from French constitutional discourse.
It is during this period that Rabbinic discourse began to be recorded in writing.
Make it not any longer a matter of dispute or discourse, what are the signs and proprieties of a good man, but really and actually to be such.
She then changed the discourse to one more gratifying to each, and on which there could be no difference of sentiment.
She was not near enough to hear any of their discourse, but she could see how seldom they spoke to each other, and how formal and cold was their manner whenever they did.
Summary of discourse and other particles: Miscellaneous.
Tensions within the Eco-Socialist discourse.
That, Mr. Lorry,''said Mr. Cruncher, wiping his forehead with his arm, as an announcement that he had arrived at the peroration of his discourse,``is wot I would respectfully offer to you, sir.
The case of WikiIslam" as representing Muslim efforts against Islamophobic discourse on the Internet.
The critical feminist discourse is also rewriting the gender views in Chinese society.
The doctrine section of the exegesis provides a discourse of the theological concepts which spawn from the verses.
The first project was, to shorten discourse, by cutting polysyllables into one, and leaving out verbs and participles, because, in reality, all things imaginable are but norms.
The hearing of an articulate voice and rational discourse in the dark assures us of the presence of some person: Why?
The modern discipline of history is dedicated to the institutional production of this discourse.
The other students compelled the master to begin the discourse saying that the presence or absence of the stone like Sudarsanar during the discourse was one and the same.
The plot became a popular element of the Warring States philosophic discourse.
The principles upon which it was founded are explained by Mr Law himself, in a discourse concerning money and trade, which he published in Scotland when he first proposed his project.
The role of feminist discourse in the field of sexuality has been to redefine a woman’s sex role.
The sutra presents itself as a discourse delivered by Gautama Buddha toward the end of his life.
The whole discourse was written with great acuteness, containing many observations, both curious and useful for politicians; but, as I conceived, not altogether complete.
There are also many discourse particles, such as hah, hor, meh, ar, that are used in questions.
There is a strong contrast between cities and the countryside in public discourse about LGBT rights in Switzerland.
This in turn, sparked a "vigorous political discourse" to respond the challenge to religious hierarchy.
Use of the concept of commodification became common with the rise of critical discourse analysis in semiotics.
We discourse freely without shame of one form of sensuality, and are silent about another.
We shall, however, when occasion demands, enter into discourse sparingly.
When I had ended, and the sum of my discourse had been interpreted, as before, to the rest of the company, there was a good deal of talk among them in the language of the country, not without some laughter at my expense.
You can hardly doubt the purport of my discourse, however your natural delicacy may lead you to dissemble; my attentions have been too marked to be mistaken.
``But,''said Albert, breaking in upon his discourse,``never mind the past; let us only remember the present.
``The discourse is over; farewell, gentlemen,''said the count.

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