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rhetorical

adjective uk   /rɪˈtɒr.ɪ.kəl/ us    /-ˈtɔːr.ɪ-/
Rhetorical speech or writing is intended to seem important or influence people: repetition, that tedious rhetorical device
rhetorically
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
"You want to know what courage is?" he asked rhetorically.
Translations of “rhetorical”
in Chinese (Traditional) 詞藻華麗的, 浮誇的, 修辭的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 词藻华丽的, 浮夸的, 修辞的…
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