Writing 101: What Is Rhetoric? Learn About Rhetorical Devices in Writing and 3 Modes of Persuasion in Rhetoric

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Last updated: Sep 10, 2021 • 4 min read

Politicians deliver rallying cries to inspire people to act. Advertisers create catchy slogans to get people to buy products. Lawyers present emotional arguments to sway a jury. These are all examples of rhetoric—language designed to motivate, persuade, or inform.