Definitions of Rhetoric

Definitions of rhetoric tend to vary; I like this one by Ralph Cintron:

Rhetoric is that disciplinary art that imprecisely tracks the making of social imaginaries, including their histories, possible futures, and connections to material conditions; it assumes that individual thoughts and feelings, no matter how idiosyncratic, precipitate out of a social imaginary linked to specific material conditions.

UPDATE: Several other definitions are compiled at americanrhetoric.com

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