a statement that is formulated as a question but that is not supposed to be answered
"he liked to make his points with rhetorical questions"
A question posed only for dramatic or persuasive effect.
A question to which the asker does not expect an answer.
A rhetorical question is a figure of speech in the form of a question that is asked in order to make a point. The question is used as a rhetorical device, posed for the sake of encouraging its listener to consider a message or viewpoint. Though these are technically questions, they do not always require a question mark. For example, the question "Can't you do anything right?" is asked not to gain information about the ability of the person being spoken to, but rather to insinuate that the person always fails. While sometimes amusing and even humorous, rhetorical questions are rarely meant for pure, comedic effect. A carefully crafted question can, if delivered well, persuade an audience to believe in the position of the speaker. In simple terms, it is a question asked more to produce an effect than to summon an answer.
The numerical value of rhetorical question in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of rhetorical question in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I was being rhetorical, because I was trying to make the point that equalizing a colonoscopy to this particular procedure was apples and oranges, so I was asking a rhetorical question that was designed to make her say that they weren't the same thing, and she did so. It was the response I wanted.
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- řečnická otázkaCzech
- rhetorische FrageGerman
- pregunta retóricaSpanish
- question rhétoriqueFrench
- ræðuspurning, retorísk spurningIcelandic
- 修辞疑問, 反語Japanese
- pirsa retorîkKurdish
- ui mākoi, pātai mākoi, ui makihoiMāori
- реторичко прашањеMacedonian
- pytania retoryczne, pytanie retorycznePolish
- [[pergunta]] [[retórica]]Portuguese
- întrebare retoricăRomanian
- риторический вопросRussian
- retorisk frågaSwedish
- tümce değerli soru, cümle değerli soru, retorik soruTurkish
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