Rhetoric – persuasive words
Rhetoric is language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect.
The retro brick (rhetoric) bouncer couldn’t be persuaded to let them in.
“Empty rhetoric” is used to say that the language used lacks true sincerity or meaningful content.
Let us assume a bold thrust and go forwards together. Let us carry the fight against ignorance to the four corners of the earth, because it’s a fight that concerns us all. – Peter Sellers, Party Political Speech (parody of a politician).
We are choosing hope over fear. We are choosing unity of division, and sending a powerful message that change is coming to America. – Barack Obama
Example of the word rhetoric in a sentence
The politicians without policies just resorted to empty rhetoric.