discourse discourse  /ˈdɪs kɔrs/


  1. (n) extended verbal expression in speech or writing
  2. (n) an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)
  3. (n) an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic
  4. (v) to consider or examine in speech or writing
  5. (v) carry on a conversation
  6. (v) talk at length and formally about a topic


  1. Winfrey stands as a beacon, not only in the worlds of media and entertainment but also in the larger realm of public discourse.
  2. In other words, you don't have to know what free indirect discourse is to read it, because you already know how to read it.
  3. The result is a colorful glimpse of rural Serbian culture, with its patrimonial society, strong family loyalties, female subservience, slow, leisurely discourse.


  1. Dear Jony, The Future of Design Is More than Making Apple iOS Flat

    Not only is the Jobs vs. Ive framing overly simplified, it¿s also irrelevant to design discourse. Limiting our skeuomorphism and flat design discussion to what essentially boils down to a ¿do these pixels make me look fat¿ question is a waste of energy. Instead, design should boldly go where no user and interface has gone before. Pixels are infinitely available and infinitely malleable; our ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Wired News

  2. Keystone XL: the 'Kim Kardashian of energy'?

    Keystone XL plays an outsize role in US energy discourse, earning the nickname "the Kim Kardashian of energy" from one US senator. But Keystone XL serves as an important touchstone for both its supporters and detractors. 
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Christian Science Monitor

  3. GOP stalwart trained 'Golden Boys'

    One my favorite 'We the People' segments is one in which Barbara Vucanovich is shaking her finger at me, for calling her on use of a term to which I took exception, and then returning to a state of appropriate discourse.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Mason Valley News


  1. He added, "I have and I will always work to promote a civil public discourse."
    on Jun 14, 2010 By: Bob Etheridge Source: New York Times (blog)

  2. ...said that while legalization efforts are not likely to get much traction in state capitals anytime soon, the fact that there is such an increase of activity "is elevating the level of public discourse on this issue and legitimizing it."
    on Dec 27, 2009 By: Ethan Nadelmann Source: ABC News

  3. Roberts, in a separate opinion, said that upholding the limits would have restrained "the vibrant public discourse that is at the foundation of our democracy."
    on Jan 21, 2010 By: John Roberts Source: BusinessWeek

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