What does rhetorical mean?

Definitions for rhetorical
rɪˈtɔr ɪ kəl, -ˈtɒr-rhetor·i·cal

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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"

Wiktionary

  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.]

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Numerology

  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

Examples of rhetorical in a Sentence

  1. Paul Carroll:

    It's been all about pressure and brinksmanship and military tools and tactics and chess something, and now to literally, directly taunt the leader of North Korea is like poking the hornet's nest yet again, if you do this kind of ratcheting (up) of rhetorical tensions but also sending military hardware into the region, if you do that absent of any kind of offramp or door or window for the North Koreans to consider walking through and reengaging in any sort of discussions, bad things are going to happen.

  2. Republican Rep. Jason Lewis:

    Look, a rhetorical discussion about the cultural changes and whether we can hold anyone, male or female, to standards made for an interesting hour, made for an interesting rhetorical discussion, that's what you're supposed to do on talk radio. And if you're provocative when you do it, well, that's part of our job. I presume, you know, the people that are running with this story are looking for ratings as well. So, it's kind of sad that it's come back to this, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

  3. Wanda Bertram:

    The impact was as much rhetorical.

  4. Paul Carroll:

    If you do this kind of ratcheting( up) of rhetorical tensions but also sending military hardware into the region, if you do that absent of any kind of offramp or door or window for the North Koreans to consider walking through and reengaging in any sort of discussions, bad things are going to happen.

  5. Robert Thompson:

    When you see those stories embodied in actual human beings, with pretty unrelenting closeups (of interview subjects), that has a rhetorical power that exceeds 'just the facts,'.

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