- 1Relating to or concerned with the art of rhetoric: repetition is a common rhetorical deviceMore example sentences
- Such an ambivalence would make for incoherence and would be hard to accept if we had here mere rhetorical devices and style recipes.
- Yet isn't prosopopeia a rhetorical device that is found, as a matter of course, in all poetry?
- Hamlet as a play is similarly preoccupied by slander, misrepresentation and selves fabricated from the nothings of rhetorical tropes.
- 1.1Expressed in terms intended to persuade or impress: the rhetorical commitment of the government to give priority to primary educationMore example sentences
extravagant, grandiloquent, magniloquent, high-flown, high-sounding, sonorous, lofty, orotund, bombastic, grandiose, pompous, pretentious, overblown, overripe, oratorical, turgid, flowery, florid, declamatory, Ciceronian• informal highfalutin
- In the second phase it will be necessary to be practical as well as rhetorical, to persuade as well as instruct.
- But one has to be aware of the rhetorical value that these terms are going to have.
- The bottom line is that the party maintains a rhetorical commitment to small government but tacitly admits that their cause is hopeless.
- 2(Of a question) asked in order to produce an effect or to make a statement rather than to elicit information.More example sentences
- It might be a rather petulant rhetorical question, or he might just be trying to keep me on the phone.
- Kyle didn't offer him the time to answer the rather rhetorical question.
- It was a statement, a rhetorical question, and just by looking at her he was sure that it had made her angry.
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- First, rights rhetorically acknowledge what we fundamentally value.
- The parallelism, while rhetorically effective, was also overly glib.
- His stance also may have been influenced by a US retreat, at least rhetorically, from its war to eradicate coca leaf.
late Middle English (first used in the sense 'eloquently expressed'): via Latin from Greek rhētorikos (from rhētor 'rhetor') + -al.