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Definition a serious speech, writing, or conversation on a particular topic

or much more rarely: to speak or write formally on a particular topic; or to have a conversation
  • The event has elevated the level of public discourse on this issue.
discourse = conversation (or the exchange of ideas) on a particular topic
  • The idea of individual rights is prominent in American discourse.
  • American schools are graduating students who are unarmed for public discourse - their great energy and idealism at the mercy of pop politics and the 7:00 news.
    Paul Gagnon
  • a forum for civil political discourse
  • Be brief, for no discourse can please when too long.
    Miguel de Cervantes
  • Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.
    Izaak Walton
  • They could always talk; and their discourse, witty, pithy, original, had such charms for me, that I preferred listening to, and sharing in it, to doing anything else.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • By this we shun such frequent trivial discourse, as often becomes an obstruction to virtue:
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • discourse = conversation
  • So we dropped the discourse for that time.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • discourse = conversation on a particular topic
  • How likes she my discourse?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • discourse = speech, writing, or conversation
  • I am to discourse wonders
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • discourse = speak (of)
  • This was my sincere endeavour in those many discourses I had with that monarch,
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • discourses = conversations
  • ...and always took care to start some ingenious or useful topic for discourse, which might tend to improve the minds of his children.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • discourse = conversation
  • Are my discourses dull?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • discourses = conversations
  • Their three heads had been close together during this brief discourse...
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • He then remounted his feet, ascended to the pulpit, and resumed his discourse, making no allusion to the incident.
    Bierce, Ambrose  --  Fantastic-Fables
  • Between the times of the arrival and departure of the waiter, the man discoursed to the women on the tender regard he felt for all living things.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • Pray go on with your discourse.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • In another ("They put like this bandage stuff around it"), like served "to highlight the introduction of new entities into discourse."
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • ESTRAGON: And suppose he— VLADIMIR: Let us not waste our time in idle discourse!
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot

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