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Meaning of rhetorical by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin rhētoricus, from Ancient Greek ῥητορικός ( rhētorikos, “concerning public speaking” ) .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /rɪˈtɒr.ɪ.kəl/, /rəˈtɒr.ɪ.kəl/
    • ( US ) IPA: /rɪˈtɔːrɪkəl/, /rəˈtɔːrɪkəl/


    rhetorical ( not comparable )

    1. Part of or similar to rhetoric, which is the use of language as a means to persuade .
      A rhetorical question, for example, is one used merely to make a point, with no response expected .
    2. Not earnest, or presented only for the purpose of an argument

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Explanation of rhetorical by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought

    2. mere rhetorical frippery
    3. of or relating to rhetoric

    4. accepted two or three verbal and rhetorical changes I suggested- W.A.White
      the rhetorical sin of the meaningless variation- Lewis Mumford

    Definition of rhetorical by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Rhetorical a. [L. rhetoricus, Gr. See Rhetoric.] Of or pertaining to rhetoric; according to, or exhibiting, rhetoric; oratorical; as, “the rhetorical art; a rhetorical treatise; a rhetorical flourish.”

      They permit him to leave their poetical taste ungratified, provided that he gratifies their rhetorical sense. M. Arnold.

      -- Rhetorically, adv. -- Rhetoricalness, n.