rhetorical question


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rhetorical question

n.
A question to which no answer is expected, often used for rhetorical effect.

rhetorical question

n
(Rhetoric) a question to which no answer is required: used esp for dramatic effect. An example is Who knows? (with the implication Nobody knows)

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?”
[1835–45]

rhetorical question

A question asked for effect, to which no answer is expected, such as “Whatever happened to good manners?.”
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rhetorical question - 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"
statement - a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc; "according to his statement he was in London on that day"
Translations
rhetorische Frage
question rhétorique

rhetorical question

References in classic literature ?
She delivered herself of an harangue in which she asked a great many rhetorical questions and answered them with a little bang of one fist upon another.
Others of Lyly's affectations are rhetorical questions, hosts of allusions to classical history, and literature, and an unfailing succession of similes from all the recondite knowledge that he can command, especially from the fantastic collection of fables which, coming down through the Middle Ages from the Roman writer Pliny, went at that time by the name of natural history and which we have already encountered in the medieval Bestiaries.
As to the question of the senator that this is a prelude to a nationwide declaration of martial law, I suppose that that is more of a rhetorical question,' Guevarra said.
Hence, context plays a central role in the identification and interpretation of a rhetorical question (Karhanova, 2005:341).
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said that President Rodrigo Roa Dutertess remarks on martial law are merely rhetorical question, and said it is under the context that the Presidents anti-drug campaign cannot wait for the slow wheels of justice PH style.
It's anything but a rhetorical question for people like Melanie Downie who has tragically lost both her younger brothers in just three years.
If allowed I shall be asking the following rhetorical question.
coercion and the rhetorical question through No-No Boy, apophasis and necessity through China Men, catachresis and error through BluAEs Hanging, and allegory and deceit through Native Speaker.
This is not a rhetorical question so please, let me know.
As far back as the 1580s, printer Henry Denham thought that a backwards question mark should be used at the end of a sentence to denote a rhetorical question, and we all know how well that caught on don't we?
Asking the rhetorical question 'How do you manage a brand?
As to his assertion that I was asking a naive question about the main parties working together to solve the problem, it was more of a rhetorical question.