Definition of Rhetorical question

1. Noun. A statement that is formulated as a question but that is not supposed to be answered. "He liked to make his points with rhetorical questions"

Generic synonyms: Statement



Definition of Rhetorical question

1. Noun. A question posed only for dramatic or persuasive effect. ¹

2. Noun. (colloquial) A question to which the asker does not expect an answer. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Literary usage of Rhetorical question

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1. Effective English: Junior by Philander Priestley Claxton, James McGinniss (1921)
"The rhetorical question. — A statement may often be made more effectively ... This is called a rhetorical question. The sentence above beginning Is life so ..."

2. Effective English: Junior by Philander Priestley Claxton, James McGinniss (1921)
"The rhetorical question. — A statement may often be made more effectively ... This is called a rhetorical question. The sentence above beginning Is life so ..."

3. The Art of Debate by Warren Choate Shaw (1922)
"A rhetorical question, therefore, is in effect a very powerful declaration put in the form ... The rhetorical question is a very clever persuasive device; ..."

4. The Art of Debate by Warren Choate Shaw (1922)
"A rhetorical question, therefore, is in effect a very powerful declaration put in the form ... The rhetorical question is a very clever persuasive device; ..."

5. A Modern Composition and Rhetoric (complete Course) Containing the by Lewis Worthington Smith, James Eames Thomas (1901)
"The Exclamation and rhetorical question. — Occasionally a statement can be made more effective by putting it in the form of an exclamation or question. ..."

6. First Steps in Latin: A Complete Course in Latin for One Year : Based on by Robert Fowler Leighton (1885)
"A rhetorical question does not expect an answer, but, under the guise of a ... This is a rhetorical question, expecting no answer, but conveying the idea ..."

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