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- 1. rhetorical
- usage: of or relating to rhetoric; "accepted two or three verbal and rhetorical changes I suggested"- W.A.White; "the rhetorical sin of the meaningless variation"- Lewis Mumford
- 2. rhetorical (vs. unrhetorical), bombastic, declamatory, large, orotund, tumid, turgid, flowery, ornate, empurpled, over-embellished, purple, forensic, grandiloquent, magniloquent, tall, oratorical, poetic, poetical, stylistic, fancy, figurative#1, nonliteral
- usage: given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought; "mere rhetorical frippery"
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