Definition of rhetorical :
1. 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"
2. 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
orotund, words, stylistic, verbose, magniloquent, tumid, empurpled, poetical, oratorical, tall, fustian, poetic, overblown, aureate, anapestic, turgid, over-embellished, elocutionary, anapaestic, style, sonorous, high-flown, swollen, purple, forensic, declamatory, large, plain
ornately spoken or written (part of speech: adjective)
florid, ornate, inflated, gilded, baroque, lofty, high-sounding, flowery, embellished, eloquent, showy, rich, opulent, voluble, bombastic, fancy, grandiloquent, flamboyant, ponderous, splashy, rococo, elaborate, bloated, highfalutin
- 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.