rhetorical question


rhetorical question
a) A question posed only for dramatic or persuasive effect.

Are you nuts? Dont answer that - its a rhetorical question.

b) A question to which the asker does not expect an answer.

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  • rhetorical question — n. a question asked only for effect, as to emphasize a point, no answer being expected …   English World dictionary

  • Rhetorical question — A rhetorical question is a figure of speech in the form of a question posed for its persuasive effect without the expectation of a reply.[1] Rhetorical questions encourage the listener to think about what the (often obvious) answer to the… …   Wikipedia

  • rhetorical question — 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 • Hypernyms: ↑statement * * * noun : a question not intended to elicit an answer but asked for… …   Useful english dictionary

  • rhetorical question — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms rhetorical question : singular rhetorical question plural rhetorical questions linguistics a question that you ask without expecting or wanting an answer …   English dictionary

  • rhetorical question — question whose answer is clear, question that was asked solely for the purpose of making an impression …   English contemporary dictionary

  • rhetorical question — rhe,torical question noun count a question you ask without expecting or wanting an answer …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rhetorical question — a question asked solely to produce an effect or to make an assertion and not to elicit a reply, as What is so rare as a day in June? [1835 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • rhetorical question — rhetor′ical ques′tion n. a question asked solely for effect and not to elicit a reply, as “What is so rare as a day in June?” • Etymology: 1835–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • rhetorical question — /rətɒrɪkəl ˈkwɛstʃən / (say ruhtorikuhl kweschuhn) noun a question designed to produce an effect and not to draw an answer …   Australian English dictionary


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