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rhetorical

variants: also rhetoric

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1 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
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2 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
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3 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
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