- of, having the nature of, or according to rhetoric
- using or characterized by mere rhetoric, or artificial eloquence; showy and elaborate in style
Hannah got annoyed and felt disrespected when her mother asked her rhetorical questions about her grades.
An example of a rhetorical question is when you ask why bad things always have to happen to you.
- Of or relating to rhetoric.
- Characterized by overelaborate or bombastic rhetoric.
- Used for persuasive effect: a speech punctuated by rhetorical pauses.
From Latin rhÄ“toricus, from Ancient Greek á¿¥Î·Ï„Î¿ÏÎ¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚ (rhÄ“torikos, “concerning public speaking").
- She ignored his rhetorical questions.
- He was the author of numerous rhetorical and theological works.
- His work was overloaded with rhetorical embellishment, which he was the first to introduce into Roman history.
- I am not posing a naïve, rhetorical question.
- Priscian's three short treatises dedicated to Symmachus are on weights and measures, the metres of Terence, and some rhetorical elements (exercises translated from the Hpoyvµvaaµara of Hermogenes).