Definition of rhetorical:
- concerned with effect or style of writing and speaking; " a rhetorical question is one asked solely to produce an effect ( especially to make an assertion) rather than to elicit a reply"
- 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
magniloquent, aureate, forensic, anapestic, stylistic, verbose, oratorical, elocutionary, fustian, ornate, turgid, overblown, poetic, orotund, tall, embellished, over-embellished, poetical, swollen, high-flown, anapaestic, large, bombastic, purple, words, sonorous, flowery, declamatory, style, plain, grandiloquent, tumid, empurpled.
Mr. Denis B. Papineau was in no sense a recognized representative of the French Canadians, and did not even possess those powers of eloquence- that ability to give forth " rhetorical flashes"- which were characteristic of his reckless but highly gifted brother.- "Lord Elgin", John George Bourinot.
But they were vexed that the Thebans obtained their desires, never considering that Pelopidas's fame was more powerful than all their rhetorical discourse, with a man who still inclined to the victorious in arms.- "Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans", Clough, Arthur Hugh.
The more I reflected upon the matter the clearer it grew in my own mind that Krespel must be a villain, and in the same proportion did my intended reproach, which assumed of itself the form of a real rhetorical masterpiece, wax more fiery and more impressive.- "Weird Tales. Vol. I", E. T. A. Hoffmann.