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Meaning of RHETORICAL

Pronunciation:  ri'târeekul

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  concerned with effect or style of writing and speaking; "a rhetorical question is one asked solely to produce an effect (especially to make an assertion) rather than to elicit a reply"
  2. [adj]  of or relating to rhetoric; "accepted two or three verbal and rhetorical changes I suggested"- W.A.White; "the rhetorical sin of the meaningless variation"- Lewis Mumford
 

RHETORICAL is a 10 letter word that starts with R.

 

 Synonyms: anapaestic, anapestic, bombastic, declamatory, embellished, empurpled, flowery, forensic, grandiloquent, large, magniloquent, oratorical, ornate, orotund, over-embellished, poetic, poetical, purple, stylistic, tall, tumid, turgid
 
 Antonyms: unrhetorical
 
 See Also: fancy, figurative, formal, nonliteral

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

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

 

 

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