from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to rhetoric.
- adj. Characterized by overelaborate or bombastic rhetoric.
- adj. Used for persuasive effect: a speech punctuated by rhetorical pauses.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Part of or similar to rhetoric, which is the use of language as a means to persuade.
- adj. Not earnest, or presented only for the purpose of an argument
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to rhetoric; according to, or exhibiting, rhetoric; oratorical
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to, of the nature of, or containing rhetoric; oratorical: as, the rhetorical art; a rhetorical treatise; a rhetorical flourish.
- In some colleges in the United States, rhetorical exercises (declamations, etc.) held publicly before all the students of the college.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to rhetoric
- adj. given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought
From Latin rhētoricus, from Ancient Greek ῥητορικός (rhētorikos, "concerning public speaking"). (Wiktionary)