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rhetorical

[ri-tawr-i-kuh l, -tor-] /rɪˈtɔr ɪ kəl, -ˈtɒr-/
adjective
1.
used for, belonging to, or concerned with mere style or effect.
2.
marked by or tending to use bombast.
3.
of, concerned with, or having the nature of rhetoric.
Origin
1470-1480
1470-80; < Latin rhētoric(us) (< Greek rhētorikós) + -al1
Related forms
rhetorically, adverb
rhetoricalness, noun
nonrhetorical, adjective
nonrhetorically, adverb
unrhetorical, adjective
unrhetorically, adverb
Synonyms
1. verbal, stylistic, oratorical.
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British Dictionary definitions for un rhetorical

rhetorical

/rɪˈtɒrɪkəl/
adjective
1.
concerned with effect or style rather than content or meaning; bombastic
2.
of or relating to rhetoric or oratory
Derived Forms
rhetorically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for un rhetorical

rhetorical

adj.

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.

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