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English noun: discourse

1. discourse (communication) extended verbal expression in speech or writing


Broader (hypernym)language unit, linguistic unit


Narrower (hyponym)context, context of use, linguistic context

2. discourse (communication) an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)


Synonymspreaching, sermon


Broader (hypernym)address, speech


Narrower (hyponym)baccalaureate, evangelism, homily, kerugma, kerygma, preachment


Instance hyponymSermon on the Mount


Domain categorychurch, church service

3. discourse (communication) an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic


SamplesThe book contains an excellent discussion of modal logic.
His treatment of the race question is badly biased.


Synonymsdiscussion, treatment


Broader (hypernym)communicating, communication


Narrower (hyponym)consideration, detail, dilation, elaboration, enlargement, expansion, talk


English verb: discourse

1. discourse (communication) to consider or examine in speech or writing


SamplesThe author talks about the different aspects of this question.
The class discussed Dante's `Inferno'.


ExamplesSam and Sue discourse, Sam wants to discourse with Sue


Synonymsdiscuss, talk about


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)address, cover, deal, handle, plow, treat


Narrower (hyponym)descant, talk shop

2. discourse (communication) carry on a conversation


Synonymsconverse


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)speak, talk


Narrower (hyponym)argue, chaffer, chat, chatter, chew the fat, chit-chat, chitchat, claver, confab, confabulate, contend, debate, fence, gossip, interview, interview, interview, jaw, natter, question, shoot the breeze, visit

3. discourse (communication) talk at length and formally about a topic


SamplesThe speaker dissertated about the social politics in 18th century England.


Synonymsdissertate, hold forth


Pattern of useSomebody ----s on something


Broader (hypernym)speak, talk









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