Rhetorical Rhe*tor"ic*al, a. [L. rhetoricus, Gr. ????. See {Rhetoric}.] Of or pertaining to rhetoric; according to, or exhibiting, rhetoric; oratorical; as, the rhetorical art; a rhetorical treatise; a rhetorical flourish. [1913 Webster]

They permit him to leave their poetical taste ungratified, provided that he gratifies their rhetorical sense. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster] -- {Rhe*tor"ic*al*ly}, adv. -- {Rhe*tor"ic*al*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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