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epideictic oratory

according to Aristotle, a type of suasive speech designed primarily for rhetorical effect. Epideictic oratory was panegyrical, declamatory, and demonstrative. Its aim was to condemn or to eulogize an individual, cause, occasion, movement, city, or state. An outstanding example of this type of speech is a funeral oration by the Athenian statesman Pericles in honour of those killed during the first year of the Peloponnesian War. The word is from the Greek epideiktikos, meaning "for display" or "declamatory," and is a derivative of epideiknynai, meaning "to show off" or "to display."

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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