Definition of RHETORICAL

marked by the use of impressive-sounding but mostly meaningless words and phrases <you can skip over the rhetorical passages and still get the gist of the essay>
Antonyms unrhetorical
full of fine words and fancy expressions <the new governor delivered a long rhetorical speech about our state's bright future but laid out no specific programs for ensuring it>
Synonyms aureate, florid, grandiloquent, highfalutin (also hifalutin), high-flown, high-sounding, magnific, ornate, purple, rhetorical (also rhetoric)
of or relating to words or language <the next war that those two nations fight won't be rhetorical—it will be with bombs and bullets>
Synonyms lexical, linguistic (also linguistical), rhetorical (also rhetoric), vocabular, wordy

Variants of RHETORICAL

rhetorical also rhetoric

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