Discourse

  • 1 discourse — n Discourse, treatise, disquisition, dissertation, thesis, monograph designate in common a systematic, serious, and often learned consideration of a subject or topic. Discourse, the widest of these terms, may refer to something written or spoken… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 Discourse — Dis*course , n. [L. discursus a running to and fro, discourse, fr. discurrere, discursum, to run to and fro, to discourse; dis + currere to run: cf. F. discours. See {Course}.] 1. The power of the mind to reason or infer by running, as it were,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 discourse — discourse, discourse analysis The study of language , its structure, functions, and patterns in use. For Ferdinand de Saussure , language in use (or parole) could not serve as the object of study for linguistics, since as compared tolangue (the… …

    Dictionary of sociology

  • 4 Discourse — Dis*course , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Discoursed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Discoursing}.] 1. To exercise reason; to employ the mind in judging and inferring; to reason. [Obs.] Have sense or can discourse. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To express one s self in… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 Discourse — Dis*course , v. t. 1. To treat of; to expose or set forth in language. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The life of William Tyndale . . . is sufficiently and at large discoursed in the book. Foxe. [1913 Webster] 2. To utter or give forth; to speak. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 discourse — [n] dialogue; dissertation address, article, chat, communication, conversation, converse, descant, discussion, disquisition, essay, gabfest*, homily, huddle, lecture, memoir, monograph, monologue, oration, paper, rhetoric, sermon, speaking,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 discourse — [dis′kôrs΄; ] also, & for v. usually [, dis kôrs′] n. [ME & OFr discours < L discursus, discourse < pp. of discurrere, to run to and fro < dis , from, apart + currere, to run: see CURRENT] 1. communication of ideas, information, etc.,… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 discourse — I noun address, allocution, argument, argumentation, commentary, conference, conlocutio, conloquium, conversation, declamation, dialogue, discussion, disquisition, dissertation, elucidation, exchange of views, excursus, exhortation, exposition,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 9 discourse — (n.) late 14c., process of understanding, reasoning, thought, from Fr. discours, from L. discursus a running about, in L.L. conversation, from pp. stem of discurrere run about, from dis apart (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + currere to run (see CURRENT …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 10 discourse — is pronounced with stress on the first syllable as a noun, and with stress on the second syllable as a verb …

    Modern English usage

  • 11 discourse — ► NOUN 1) written or spoken communication or debate. 2) a formal discussion of a topic in speech or writing. ► VERB 1) speak or write authoritatively about a topic. 2) engage in conversation. ORIGIN Latin discursus running to and fro , from… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 Discourse — For other uses, see Discourses (disambiguation). Sociology …

    Wikipedia

  • 13 discourse — I UK [ˈdɪskɔː(r)s] / US [ˈdɪsˌkɔrs] noun Word forms discourse : singular discourse plural discourses * 1) a) [countable] formal a long and serious speech or piece of writing on a particular subject discourse on: a powerful discourse on art b)… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 discourse — dis|course1 W3 [ˈdısko:s US o:rs] n formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Late Latin; Origin: discursus conversation , from Latin, running around , from currere to run ] 1.) a serious speech or piece of writing on a particular subject discourse on/upon ▪ a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 discourse — discourses, discoursing, discoursed (The noun is pronounced [[t]dɪ̱skɔː(r)s[/t]]. The verb is pronounced [[t]dɪskɔ͟ː(r)s[/t]].) 1) N UNCOUNT: usu with supp Discourse is spoken or written communication between people, especially serious discussion …

    English dictionary

  • 16 discourse — Synonyms and related words: accents, act, address, air, amplify, analyze, argue, article, assignment, bandy words, canvass, causerie, chalk talk, chatter, chew the fat, chew the rag, chin, colloque, colloquial discourse, colloquize, colloquy,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 discourse — I n. (grammar) direct; indirect discourse II v. (formal) (D; intr.) to discourse upon * * * [ dɪskɔːs] indirect discourse (formal) (D; intr.) to discourse upon (grammar) direct …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 18 discourse — dis|course1 [ dıs,kɔrs ] noun * 1. ) count FORMAL a long and serious speech or piece of writing on a particular subject: discourse on: a powerful discourse on art a ) uncount FORMAL serious spoken or written discussion of a particular subject 2.… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 discourse — 1 noun 1 (C) a serious speech or piece of writing on a particular subject (+ on/upon): Professor Grant delivered a long discourse on aspects of moral theology. 2 (U) serious conversation between people: You can t expect meaningful discourse when… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 discourse on — phrasal verb discourse on or discourse upon [transitive] Word forms discourse on/upon : present tense I/you/we/they discourse on/upon he/she/it discourses on/upon present participle discoursing on/upon past tense discoursed on/upon past… …

    English dictionary


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