Discourse - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdɪskɔːrs|  American pronunciation of the word discourse
Brit.  |ˈdɪskɔːs|  British pronunciation of the word discourse


- extended verbal expression in speech or writing
- an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service) (syn: preaching, sermon)
- an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic (syn: discussion, treatment)


- to consider or examine in speech or writing (syn: discuss)
- carry on a conversation (syn: converse)
- talk at length and formally about a topic (syn: dissertate, hold forth)

Extra examples

He likes to engage in lively discourse with his visitors.

She delivered an entertaining discourse on the current state of the film industry.

She could discourse for hours on almost any subject.

...the guest lecturer discoursed at some length on the long-term results of the war...

His latest book discourses upon the evils of violence.

Candidates should engage in serious political discourse.

Such is the exquisite refinement of American political discourse in the early 21st century.

His discourse was connected.

The discourse touches many of the issues which are currently popular.

He segued into another discourse

Word forms

I/you/we/they: discourse
he/she/it: discourses
present participle: discoursing
past tense: discoursed
past participle: discoursed
singular: discourse
plural: discourses
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