Definition of rhetorically adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈtɒrɪkli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈtɔːrɪkli//
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  1. 1in a way that is intended to make a statement or to produce an effect rather than to get an answer ‘Do you think I'm stupid?’ she asked rhetorically.
  2. 2(formal, often disapproving) in a way that is intended to influence people although it is not completely honest or sincere
  3. 3(formal) by using the art of rhetoric (2) a rhetorically structured essay