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Definition 1: given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where rhetorical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • mere rhetorical frippery

(rhetorical is similar to ...) of or relating to style (especially in the use of language)

"stylistic devices"

(rhetorical is similar to ...) characteristic of or befitting poetry

"poetic diction"

(rhetorical is similar to ...) characteristic of an orator or oratory

"oratorical prose" "harangued his men in an oratorical way"

(rhetorical is similar to ...) lofty in style

"he engages in so much tall talk, one never really realizes what he is saying"

(rhetorical is similar to ...) of, relating to, or used in public debate or argument

(rhetorical is similar to ...) excessively elaborate or showily expressed

"a writer of empurpled literature" "many purple passages" "an over-embellished story of the fish that got away"

(rhetorical is similar to ...) marked by elaborate rhetoric and elaborated with decorative details

"a flowery speech" "ornate rhetoric taught out of the rule of Plato"

(rhetorical is similar to ...) ostentatiously lofty in style

"a man given to large talk" "tumid political prose"

(means also ...) not plain; decorative or ornamented

"fancy handwriting" "fancy clothes"

(means also ...) (used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech

"figurative language"

Definition 2: of or relating to rhetoric - [adjective denoting pert]

Samples where rhetorical or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • accepted two or three verbal and rhetorical changes I suggested
  • the rhetorical sin of the meaningless variation

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