Ethics in Public Speaking: Glossary


Direct Quote

A direct quote is any sentence that conveys the primary source's idea word-for-word.


Diversity is an appreciation for differences among individuals and groups.

Ethical Feedback

Ethical feedback is descriptive and explanatory feedback for a speaker. Ethical feedback can be positive praise or constructive criticism.

Ethical Listener

A listener who actively interprets shared material and analyzes the speech content and speaker's effectiveness.

Ethical Communication

Ethical communication is an exchange of responsible and trustworthy messages determined by our moral principles.

Ethical Standards

Rules of acceptable conduct, that when followed, promote values such as trust, good behavior, fairness and/or kindness.


Ethics is the process of determining what is good or bad, right or wrong in a moral dilemma.

Global Plagiarism

Global plagiarism is plagiarism that occurs when a speaker uses an entire work that is not his/her own.

Hate Language

Hate language is the use of words or phrases that isolate a particular person or group in a derogatory manner.

Incremental Plagiarism

Incremental plagiarism is plagiarism that occurs when most of the speech is the speaker's original work, but quotes or other information have been used without being cited.


Listening is the process of interpreting, or making sense of, sounds.


Morality is the process of discerning between right and wrong.


A paraphrase is any sentence that shares learned information in the speaker's own words.

Patchwork Plagiarism

Patchwork plagiarism is plagiarism that occurs when one patches together bits and pieces from one or more sources and represents the end result as his or her own.


Plagiarism is when one passes off another's work as his/her own or neglects to cite a source for his/her information.

Social Awareness

Social awareness is the recognition of important issues that affect societies.

"We" Language

"We" Language includes the use of pronouns and phrases that unite the speaker to the audience.

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