Rhetorical

  • 1rhetorical — rhetorical, grandiloquent, magniloquent, aureate, flowery, euphuistic, bombastic are comparable when they mean emphasizing style often at the expense of thought. Rhetorical describes a style, discourse, passage, phrase, or word which, however… …

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  • 2Rhetorical — 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… …

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  • 3rhetorical — (adj.) late 15c., eloquent, from L. rhetoricus (see RHETORIC (Cf. rhetoric)). Meaning pertaining to rhetoric is from 1520s. Rhetorical question is from 1670s. Related: Rhetorically …

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  • 4rhetorical — index flatulent, inflated (bombastic), orotund, turgid, voluble Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 5rhetorical — [adj] wordy; flowery in speech articulate, aureate, bombastic, declamatory, eloquent, embellished, euphuistic, exaggerated, flamboyant, flashy*, florid, fluent, glib*, grand, grandiloquent, grandiose, high flown, hyperbolic, imposing, inflated,… …

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  • 6rhetorical — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to or concerned with rhetoric. 2) expressed in terms intended to persuade or impress. 3) (of a question) asked for effect or to make a statement rather than to obtain an answer. DERIVATIVES rhetorically adverb …

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  • 7rhetorical — [ri tôr′i kəl] adj. 1. of, having the nature of, or according to rhetoric 2. using or characterized by mere rhetoric, or artificial eloquence; showy and elaborate in style rhetorically adv …

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  • 8rhetorical — [[t]rɪtɒ̱rɪk(ə)l, AM tɔ͟ːr [/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n A rhetorical question is one which is asked in order to make a statement rather than to get an answer. He grimaced slightly, obviously expecting no answer to his rhetorical question... He made no …

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  • 9rhetorical — also rhetoric adjective Date: 15th century 1. a. of, relating to, or concerned with rhetoric b. employed for rhetorical effect; especially asked merely for effect with no answer expected < a rhetorical question > 2. a. given to rhetoric ;&#8230; …

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  • 10rhetorical — adjective /rɪˈtɒr.ɪ.kəl,rəˈtɒr.ɪ.kəl,rɪˈtɔːrɪkəl,rəˈtɔːrɪkəl/ Part of or similar to rhetoric, which is the use of language as a means to persuade. A rhetorical question, for example, is one used merely to make a point, with no response expected.&#8230; …

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  • 11rhetorical — rhe|tor|i|cal [rıˈtɔrıkəl US ˈto: , ˈta: ] adj 1.) rhetorical question a question that you ask as a way of making a statement, without expecting an answer 2.) using speech or writing in special ways in order to persuade people or to produce an&#8230; …

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  • 12rhetorical — adjective 1 rhetorical question a question that you ask as a way of making a statement, without expecting an answer, such as Who knows what might happen? 2 using speech or writing in special ways in order to persuade people or to produce an&#8230; …

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  • 13rhetorical — adjective 1) rhetorical devices Syn: stylistic, oratorical, linguistic, verbal 2) rhetorical hyperbole Syn: extravagant, grandiloquent, magniloquent, high flown, orotund, bombastic, grandiose …

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  • 14rhetorical — adjective 1) rhetorical devices Syn: stylistic, oratorical, linguistic, verbal 2) rhetorical exchanges in parliament Syn: extravagant, grandiloquent, high flown, bombastic, grandiose, pompous …

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  • 15rhetorical — adj. Rhetorical is used with these nouns: ↑convention, ↑excess, ↑flourish, ↑gesture, ↑question, ↑trick …

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  • 16rhetorical — adj. 1 expressed with a view to persuasive or impressive effect; artificial or extravagant in language. 2 of the nature of rhetoric. 3 a of or relating to the art of rhetoric. b given to rhetoric; oratorical. Phrases and idioms: rhetorical&#8230; …

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  • 17rhetorical — rhetorically, adv. rhetoricalness n. /ri tawr i keuhl, tor /, adj. 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. [1470 80; < L&#8230; …

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  • 18rhetorical — Synonyms and related words: Gongoresque, Johnsonian, affected, articulate, artificial, aureate, bedizened, big sounding, bombastic, chichi, contrived, convoluted, declamatory, elevated, elocutionary, eloquent, embellished, euphuistic, exaggerated …

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  • 19rhetorical — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. oratorical, bombastic, eloquent; see verbose . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. 1. expressive articulate, eloquent, fluent, persuasive, well said, *silver tongued. 2. grandiloquent magniloquent, bombastic, fustian,&#8230; …

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  • 20rhetorical — rhe|tor|i|cal [ rı tɔrıkl ] adjective relating to a style of speaking or writing that is effective or intended to influence people a. written or spoken in a way that is impressive but is not honest …

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