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March 16, 2008
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Sunday, 16th March 2008 : Today's Word is ...

Rhetorical




( Adjective )



Pronunciation : ri-táw-rik'l


Definition



1. relating to the skill of using language effectively and persuasively

2. relating to or using language that is elaborate or fine-sounding but insincere

3. characterized by overelaborate or bombastic speech

4. emphasizing style at the expense of thought


NOTE:

The word is often used in a pejorative sense to describe speaking or writing that is skillfully executed but insincere or devoid of meaning. A political candidate's speech that was long on drama and promises but short on genuine substance might be dismissed as mere rhetoric.


Etymology:


Origin unknown


Synonyms:


bombastic, pompous, pretentious, periphrastic, voluble, showy, flashy, declamatory, theatrical, contrived, effusive, high-flown, highfalutin, oratorical, verbal, linguistic, stylistic, grandiloquent, magniloquent

NOTE:

Grandiloquent means lofty in style, pompous or bombastic.

Magniloquent means lofty and extravagant in speech.


Antonyms:


concise, inarticulate, tongue-tied, humble, quiet, reserved, restrained, subtle, understated


Contextual Examples:


• He delivered a speech punctuated by rhetorical pauses.

• If I am rhetorical it is because Stroeve was rhetorical.

• He leaned back cautiously, for the chair on which he sat had a ricketty leg, and it was disconcerting when a rhetorical flourish was interrupted by a sudden fall to the floor.


Related Words:


• rhetoric : Noun

• rhetorically : Adverb



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