Definition of epideictic in English:



  • Characterized by or designed to display rhetorical or oratorical skill.

    • ‘The traditional approach to this difficulty is to dismiss epideictic oratory as irrelevant and gratuitous display.’
    • ‘On the other hand, epideictic rhetoric implies that tradition or social standing authorizes the rhetor to locate the object of praise in the criteria of excellence.’
    • ‘He argues that epideictic rhetoric with its traditional concern with the noble provides the model from which a contemporary reasoning about ends could proceed.’
    • ‘Overall, epideictic rhetoric may address policy or value issues, can issue blame as well as praise, and bears a close conceptual relationship with song.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, epideictic rhetoric may have political implications.’
    impressive, imposing, majestic, extravagant, grandiloquent, magniloquent, high-flown, high-sounding, lofty, rotund, orotund, bombastic, grandiose, pompous, pretentious, overblown, overripe, oratorical, rhetorical, turgid, flowery, florid, declamatory, Ciceronian


Late 18th century from Greek epideiktikos (based on deiknunai ‘to show’).



/ˌɛpɪˈdeɪktɪk/ /ˌɛpɪˈdʌɪktɪk/