Origin of rhetorical
OTHER WORDS FROM rhetoricalrhe·tor·i·cal·ly, adverbrhe·tor·i·cal·ness, nounnon·rhe·tor·i·cal, adjectiveun·rhe·tor·i·cal, adjective
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How to use rhetorical in a sentence
It can be helpful to explicitly remind those taking a more academic rhetorical stance that, for some, it is not possible to avoid challenging emotions like fear and grief in discussing these events.How we talk to children about the attack on Capitol Hill matters|Daniel Bentley|January 7, 2021|Fortune
The “people have a right to be angry” isn’t the only line of rhetorical defense Fox has employed in the hours after the violence.Fox News wants its viewers angry enough to watch but not angry enough to riot|Peter Kafka|January 7, 2021|Vox
They are that bubble, the outer rhetorical fortress inside which the movement’s genuine convictions sit protected and undisturbed.A congressman’s outburst on the House floor puts the Sedition Caucus to shame|Greg Sargent|January 7, 2021|Washington Post
He believed — wrongly, as it turned out — that his fame and rhetorical skills could stir Unionist sentiment among sensible Southerners, despite calls for secession from their newspapers and their intemperate politicians.Gracious losers protect our democracy. Sore ones undermine it.|Edward McClelland|January 6, 2021|Washington Post
Plus, the rhetorical punch is arguably more powerful coming from the people who helped create the problem, like Justin Rosenstein, co-inventor of Facebook’s “like” button, and Tim Kendall, former president of Pinterest.Does Social Media Poison Everything? - Facts So Romantic|Scott Koenig|October 6, 2020|Nautilus
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
Yet the president uses it for rhetorical vividness—a clarity, as it were.
But this new flavor of rhetorical flimflam is still pretty, well, whack.
The style of Sallust is brilliant, but his art is always apparent; he is clear and lively, but rhetorical.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I|John Lord
To every one he said a hearty thing, and sometimes touched his greeting off with a bit of poetry or a rhetorical phrase.When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete|Gilbert Parker
Lynn was a humored, wayward child, and this cold severity did more to quiet him than an hour's rhetorical pleading.Alone|Marion Harland
Milton gives us a rhetorical definition in a negative form, which is of equal value, at least, with any authority yet cited.Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions|George S. Boutwell
His clutch on the letter was distinctly inquisitive, and he read out the opening sentences with almost rhetorical effect.Molly Make-Believe|Eleanor Hallowell Abbott