rhetorical question

noun
a question asked solely to produce an effect or to make an assertion and not to elicit a reply, as “What is so rare as a day in June?”

Origin:
1835–45

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rhetorical question
 
n
a question to which no answer is required: used esp for dramatic effect. An example is Who knows? (with the implication Nobody knows)

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rhetorical question definition


A question posed without expectation of an answer but merely as a way of making a point: “You don't expect me to go along with that crazy scheme, do you?”

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Example sentences
These are not rhetorical questions, even though they are probably unanswerable
  by you.
Their thesis is often insinuated by asking rhetorical questions.
Fight sarcasm with sarcasm: some readers peppered their anger with rhetorical
  questions and sprightly digs.
One way to involve your audience is to ask rhetorical questions.
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