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rhetorical

[ ri-tawr-i-kuhl, -tor- ]
/ rɪˈtɔr ɪ kəl, -ˈtɒr- /
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adjective

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.

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Origin of rhetorical

First recorded in 1470–80; from Latin rhētoric(us) (from Greek rhētorikós ) + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM rhetorical

rhe·tor·i·cal·ly, adverbrhe·tor·i·cal·ness, nounnon·rhe·tor·i·cal, adjectiveun·rhe·tor·i·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rhetorical

rhetorical
/ (rɪˈtɒrɪkəl) /

adjective

concerned with effect or style rather than content or meaning; bombastic
of or relating to rhetoric or oratory

Derived forms of rhetorical

rhetorically, adverb
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