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rhetorical

[ri-tawr-i-kuh l, -tor-]
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  1. used for, belonging to, or concerned with mere style or effect.
  2. marked by or tending to use exaggerated language or bombast.
  3. of, relating to, or concerned with rhetoric, or the effective use of language.
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Origin of rhetorical

1470–80; < Latin rhētoric(us) (< Greek rhētorikós) + -al1
Related formsrhe·tor·i·cal·ly, adverbrhe·tor·i·cal·ness, nounnon·rhe·tor·i·cal, adjectivenon·rhe·tor·i·cal·ly, adverbun·rhe·tor·i·cal, adjectiveun·rhe·tor·i·cal·ly, adverb

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1. verbal, stylistic, oratorical.
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rhetorical

adjective
  1. concerned with effect or style rather than content or meaning; bombastic
  2. of or relating to rhetoric or oratory
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Derived Formsrhetorically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for rhetorically

rhetorical

adj.

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.

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