English - Noun
DISCOURSE (_countable and uncountable_, _plural_ DISCOURSES)
* (uncountable, archaic) Verbal exchange, conversation.
* 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, Chapter XVIII
Two or three of the gentlemen sat near him, and I caught at times scraps of their conversation across the room. At first I could not make much sense of what I heard; for the DISCOURSE of Louisa Eshton and Mary Ingram, who sat nearer to me, confused the fragmentary sentences that reached me at intervals.
* (uncountable) Expression in words, either speech or writing.
* (countable) A formal lengthy exposition of some subject, either spoken or written.
_The preacher gave us a long DISCOURSE on duty._
* (countable) Any rational expression, reason.
difficult, strange, and harsh to the DISCOURSES of natural reason
Sure he that made us with such large DISCOURSE, / Looking before and after, gave us not / That capability and godlike reason / To rust in us unused.
* (social sciences, countable) An institutionalized way of thinking, a social boundary defining what can be said about a specific topic (after Michel Foucault).
* 2007, Christine L. Marran, _Poison Woman: Figuring Female Transgression in Modern Japanese Culture_ (page 137)
Furthermore, it should be recalled from the previous chapter that criminological DISCOURSE of the 1930s deemed every woman a potential criminal, implicitly including the domestic woman.
* 2008, Jane Anna Gordon, Lewis Gordon, _A Companion to African-American Studies_ (page 308)
But equally important to the emergence of uniquely African-American queer DISCOURSES is the refusal of African-American movements for liberation to address adequately issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.
* (obsolete) Dealing; transaction.
* Beaumont and Fletcher
Good Captain Bessus, tell us the DISCOURSE / Betwixt Tigranes and our king, and how / We got the victory.
* (expression in words): communication, expression
* (verbal exchange): debate, conversation, discussion, talk
* (formal lengthy exposition of some subject): dissertation, lecture, sermon, study, treatise
* (rational expression): ratiocination
* direct discourse
* indirect discourse
(countable and uncountable, plural discourses)
(uncountable, archaic) Verbal exchange, conversation.
(uncountable) Expression in words, either speech or writing.
(countable) A formal lengthy exposition of some subject, either spoken or written.
The preacher gave us a long discourse on duty.
(countable) Any rational expression, reason.
(social sciences, countable) An institutionalized way of thinking, a social boundary defining what can be said about a specific topic (after Michel Foucault).
(obsolete) Dealing; transaction.