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1. rhetorical

adjective. ['rɪˈtɔrɪkəl'] given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought.

Synonyms

  • turgid
  • figurative
  • oratorical
  • large
  • tall
  • magniloquent
  • tumid
  • declamatory
  • empurpled
  • bombastic
  • fancy
  • poetical
  • nonliteral
  • ornate
  • over-embellished
  • stylistic
  • forensic
  • purple
  • poetic
  • flowery
  • orotund

Antonyms

  • plain
  • unrhetorical
  • unpretentious
  • healthy

Etymology

  • rhetoricus (Latin)
  • ῥητορικός (Ancient Greek (to 1453))

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Rhymes with Rhetorical

  • metaphorical
  • categorical
  • historical
  • morrical

Sentences with rhetorical


1. Adjective
A rhetorical question is one to which the speaker and listener already know the answer.

Quotes about rhetorical


1. Not all of Derrida's writing is to everyone's taste. He had an irritating habit of overusing the rhetorical question, which lends itself easily to parody: 'What is it, to speak? How can I even speak of this? Who is this "I"who speaks of speaking?
- Terry Eagleton

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