Definitions for rhetoricalrɪˈtɔr ɪ kəl, -ˈtɒr-
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rhe•tor•i•calrɪˈtɔr ɪ kəl, -ˈtɒr-(adj.)
used for mere effect.
marked by or tending to use bombast.
of, concerned with, or being rhetoric.
Origin of rhetorical:
1470–80; < L rhētoric(us) (< Gk rhētorikós) + -al1
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
given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought
"mere rhetorical frippery"
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.
Not earnest, or presented only for the purpose of an argument
Origin: From rhetoricus, from ῥητορικός.
of or pertaining to rhetoric; according to, or exhibiting, rhetoric; oratorical; as, the rhetorical art; a rhetorical treatise; a rhetorical flourish