Synonyms and Antonyms 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.
bloated, elevated, florid, flowery, grandiose, highfalutin (also hifalutin), high-flown, high-sounding, inflated, lofty, ornate, pompous, pontifical, pretentious, stilted, turgid
overdone, verbose, wordy
bald, direct, matter-of-fact, plain, plainspoken, simple, stark, straightforward, unadorned, unaffected, unpretentious
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.
affected, bloated, fancy-pants, grandiose, inflated, pompous, pretentious, stilted
excessive, flattering, fulsome
elevated, eloquent, lofty
bookish, inkhorn, learned
bald, direct, lean, matter-of-fact, plain, plainspoken, simple, spare, stark, straightforward, unadorned
natural, unaffected, unpretentious
of or relating to words or language
- a poet who employed a range of rhetorical devices