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- n. The state or quality of being discursive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being discursive.
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- n. the quality of being discursive
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 It is one of Dr Owen’s best controversial treatises, being exhaustive, and yet not marked by that discursiveness which is the fault of some of his writings, and bringing into play some of his greatest excellencies as a writer, — his remarkable exegetical talent, his intimate knowledge of Scripture, and mastery of the stores of ecclesiastical history.
Armantrout's short lines, use of rhetoric, aggressive lineation, disjunctions and juxtapositions, discursiveness, parataxis, and myriad condensatory techniques are all exemplary, but never overbearing.
Ambiguity, discursiveness, leaving you with the feeling that you know less at the end than you did at the beginning -- these are the hallmarks of the films of David Lynch.
Through your practice you truly see your mind for what it is and become familiar with the vast landscape of emotions, fantasies, and discursiveness that runs through your head all day.
It cuts through discursiveness and conceptualization to tell you this is the word you need to use, this is the paint stroke, the turn of your wrist, the perfect next chord.
Some will call it eccentric in its discursiveness: a better word would be concentric.
The music surrounding this sentiment is gorgeous, a languid ballad in which piano and guitar flirt with a jazzy discursiveness that erupts at various points with a whiplash intensity.
But as a prescriptive call for eloquence and discursiveness, I wonder.
But I think the poem by Bunting actually reinforces your remarks on the problems with discursiveness, rather than illustrating the values of experiential-figurative language.
Another way it manifests is a heavy level of discursiveness that keeps us from focusing on the object of our meditation; when our mind is constantly wandering off, our energy is scattered.