- used for, belonging to, or concerned with mere style or effect.
- marked by or tending to use exaggerated language or bombast.
- of, relating to, or concerned with rhetoric, or the effective use of language.
- concerned with effect or style rather than content or meaning; bombastic
- of or relating to rhetoric or oratory
mid-15c., “eloquent,” from Latin rhetoricus, from Greek rhetorikos “oratorical, rhetorical; skilled in speaking,” from rhetor “orator” (see rhetoric). Meaning “pertaining to rhetoric” is from 1520s. Rhetorical question is from 1670s. Related: Rhetorically.