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English definition of “rhetorical”


adjective     /rɪˈtɒr.ɪ.kəl/ US  /-ˈtɔːr.ɪ-/
describes speech or writing that is intended to seem important or influence people: repetition, that tedious rhetorical deviceLinguistic terms and linguistic style rhetorically     /-i/ adverb "You want to know what courage is?" he asked rhetorically.Linguistic terms and linguistic style
(Definition of rhetorical adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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