- rhetorical question,
- rhetorical stress,
Origin of rhetorical
Examples from the Web for rhetorical
But politicians abhor a rhetorical vacuum, and they have clamored to fill it.
Its rhetorical potential—if it ever had any—has been thoroughly exhausted.
It was a gracious touch, a rhetorical olive branch to his vanquished foes.Didn't Obama Hear Oregon’s Warning Shot on Immigration?|Doug McIntyre|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But this new flavor of rhetorical flimflam is still pretty, well, whack.
Yet the president uses it for rhetorical vividness—a clarity, as it were.
The tone of the book, which ought to be a simple story, is stilted and rhetorical.
"By science," said Miss Miniver, and hurried on, putting out a rhetorical hand that showed a slash of finger through its glove.Ann Veronica|H. G. Wells
In Vida's Ars Poetica there are abundant evidences of the rhetorical and especially the puristic tendencies of modern classicism.A History of Literary Criticism in the Renaissance|Joel Elias Spingarn
A glow of rhetorical enthusiasm was upon her cheeks and in her eye.Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall|Jean K. Baird
My brother Dick was as rhetorical in his apologies with the hindermost, whom he dismounted.
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.