Meaning of “rhetorical” in the English Dictionary

"rhetorical" in British English

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rhetoricaladjective

uk /rɪˈtɒr.ɪ.kəl/ us /rɪˈtɔːr.ɪ.kəl/

Rhetorical speech or writing is intended to seem important or influence people:

repetition, that tedious rhetorical device
rhetorically
adverb uk /rɪˈtɒr.ɪ.kəl.i/ us /rɪˈtɔːr.ɪ.kəl.i/

"You want to know what courage is?" he asked rhetorically.

(Definition of “rhetorical” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)