- used for, belonging to, or concerned with mere style or effect.
- marked by or tending to use exaggerated language or bombast.
- of, relating to, or concerned with rhetoric, or the effective use of language.
Origin of rhetorical
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Examples from the Web for rhetorically
I say rhetorically because we were all supposed to know that the answer was yes.Why Do We Forgive Manny Ramirez for Being Manny?
June 11, 2014
And most Ukrainian leaders of all stripes and ethnicities remain monumentally corrupt and rhetorically dishonest.Cut the Baloney on Ukraine
Leslie H. Gelb
March 9, 2014
Rhetorically, the president is back in his comfort zone—campaigning and using catchy slogans to rally his Democratic base.Obama: A President Tests His Limits
January 16, 2014
Hotovely, as rhetorically powerful and deeply ideological as ever, laid out her four options for the territories at the start.No Peace With the Palestinians, No Peace Inside the Israeli Coalition
June 13, 2013
The Republican gathering in Tampa was like a business meeting—for the most part, emotionally and rhetorically arid.Obama, Clinton Scored Back to Back Home Runs With Their Speeches
September 8, 2012
The speech of Mr. Disraeli was rhetorically, and only rhetorically, successful.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.
E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
The case may be extreme, the account may be rhetorically exaggerated, but it contains a salutary truth.Studies in Modern Music, Second Series
W. H. Hadow
Rhetorically to assert that all traitors must be punished is one thing—to apply the punishment is another.The Struggle between President Johnson and Congress over Reconstruction
Charles Ernest Chadsey
The thought is developed too rhetorically, and the essays betray the limitations attending the life of a recluse.John Greenleaf Whittier
W. Sloane Kennedy
He grants that he is rude in speech—not rhetorically gifted or trained—a plain, blunt man who speaks right on.
- concerned with effect or style rather than content or meaning; bombastic
- of or relating to rhetoric or oratory
Word Origin and History for rhetorically
mid-15c., "eloquent," from Latin rhetoricus, from Greek rhetorikos "oratorical, rhetorical; skilled in speaking," from rhetor "orator" (see rhetoric). Meaning "pertaining to rhetoric" is from 1520s. Rhetorical question is from 1670s. Related: Rhetorically.