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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


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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