rhetorical question Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “rhetorical question” - English Dictionary

"rhetorical question" in American English

See all translations

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)







"rhetorical question" in British English

See all translations

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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of rhetorical question?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

droid

a robot (= a machine controlled by computer) that is made to look like a human

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More