[ ri-tawr-ik-lee, -tor- ]
/ rɪˈtɔr ɪk li, -ˈtɒr- /
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in a way that uses language for style or effect:These essays discuss how the term participatory has been deployed rhetorically by a range of institutions.
not expecting an answer, either because the answer is unknowable or because it is obvious:I am not asking the question rhetorically or snidely.
in way that uses language in an exaggerated way: The realities of the global marketplace are quite apparent; they don't need to be rhetorically beaten to death.
in a way that uses specialized literary language, such as figures of speech: Some of the entries are concise, but most of them are verbally and rhetorically elaborate.
in a way that uses language particularly effectively:Her testimony was rhetorically strong, but scientifically weak.
using words, especially in the absence of action:He fails to demonstrate the validity of his claims, but merely asserts them rhetorically.
In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
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Origin of rhetorically

OTHER WORDS FROM rhetorically

non·rhe·tor·i·cal·ly, adverbun·rhe·tor·i·cal·ly, adverb
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