What does rhetorical mean?

Definitions for rhetoricalrɪˈtɔr ɪ kəl, -ˈtɒr-

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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

  2. Origin: [L. rhetoricus, Gr. . See Rhetoric.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rhetorical in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rhetorical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Matt Bennett:

    Cultural issues are just not going to divide the party anymore, it's economic issues and rhetorical focus.

  2. Richard Feinberg:

    The harsh rhetorical push-back by the ideological wing of the Communist Party suggests their heightened sense of vulnerability.

  3. Chris Jackson:

    He's got the rhetorical gifts to reframe how people see an issue. If he deploys them here and it gets attention, it could reshape the debate.

  4. George Will:

    He speaks in such modulated, dulcet tones that we tend to sometimes miss some of the harsh things he is saying, so he’s got a rhetorical record that is going to get more scrutiny.

  5. Roger Stone:

    I think we have widespread voter fraud, i think he has to put [voters] on notice that their inauguration will be a rhetorical. And when I mean civil disobedience, not violence, but it will be a bloodbath. The government will be shut down if they attempt to steal this and swear Hillary in.

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