Rhetorical meaning

rĭ-tôr'ĭ-kəl, -tŏr'-
The definition of rhetorical is a question that is asked only for emphasis or to make a point and is not meant to be answered.

An example of a rhetorical question is when you ask why bad things always have to happen to you.

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Characterized by overelaborate or bombastic rhetoric.
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Using or characterized by mere rhetoric, or artificial eloquence; showy and elaborate in style.
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Of, having the nature of, or according to rhetoric.
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Used for persuasive effect.

A speech punctuated by rhetorical pauses.

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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.

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Not earnest, or presented only for the purpose of an argument.
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Of or relating to rhetoric.
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Origin of rhetorical

  • From Latin rhÄ“toricus, from Ancient Greek ῥητορικός (rhÄ“torikos, “concerning public speaking").
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