Definitions for rhetoricalrɪˈtɔr ɪ kəl, -ˈtɒr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rhe•tor•i•calrɪˈtɔr ɪ kəl, -ˈtɒr-(adj.)

  1. used for mere effect.

    Category: Rhetoric

  2. marked by or tending to use bombast.

    Category: Rhetoric

  3. of, concerned with, or being rhetoric.

    Category: Rhetoric

Origin of rhetorical:

1470–80; < L rhētoric(us) (< Gk rhētorikós) + -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. rhetorical(adj)

    of or relating to rhetoric

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

  2. rhetorical(adj)

    given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought

    "mere rhetorical frippery"


  1. rhetorical(Adjective)

    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. rhetorical(Adjective)

    Not earnest, or presented only for the purpose of an argument

  3. Origin: From rhetoricus, from ῥητορικός.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rhetorical(adj)

    of or pertaining to rhetoric; according to, or exhibiting, rhetoric; oratorical; as, the rhetorical art; a rhetorical treatise; a rhetorical flourish


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