They masquerade as intellectual contests, but are really just showcases for rhetorical cleverness and public charisma.
Netanyahu no doubt believes he bought himself some time with his rhetorical shift on the two-state solution.
Instead, Burkman asked a rhetorical question, “Do I want to enter a business of prescribing what is indecent?”
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.