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Definition of rhetorical adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//rɪˈtɑrɪkl//
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  1. 1(of a question) asked only to make a statement or to produce an effect rather than to get an answer “Don't you care what I do?” he asked, but it was a rhetorical question.
  2. 2(formal) (often disapproving) (of a speech or piece of writing) intended to influence people, but not completely honest or sincere
  3. 3(formal) connected with the art of rhetoric the use of rhetorical devices such as metaphor and irony She ended her speech with a rhetorical flourish.
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, NAmE//rɪˈtɑrɪkli//
adverb “Do you think I'm stupid?” she asked rhetorically. a rhetorically structured essay
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