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“rhetorical question” in British English

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rhetorical questionnoun [ C ]

uk /rɪˌtɒr.ɪ.kəl ˈkwes.tʃən/ us /rɪˌtɔːr.ɪ.kəl ˈkwes.tʃən/

a question, asked in order to make a statement, that does not expect an answer:

"Why do these things always happen to me?" is a rhetorical question.

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

“rhetorical question” in American English

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rhetorical questionnoun [ C ]

us /rɪˈtɔr·ɪ·kəl ˈkwes·tʃən, -ˈtɑr-/

a statement made in the form of a question with no expectation of an answer

(Definition of “rhetorical question” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)