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.
A representative sentence is this: 'Although there be none so ignorant that doth not know, neither any so impudent that will not confesse, friendship to be the jewell of humaine joye; yet whosoever shall see this amitie grounded upon a little affection, will soone conjecture that it shall be dissolved upon a light occasion.' 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.
style="font-weight: 400Months before his retirement former CJ Saqib Nisar put the rhetorical question, "Is everybody except NAB a thief?" He also said that NAB begins disrespecting people after it receives a single application.
This rhetorical question was bandied about as proof of Pakistan's involvement and the war horns were sounded with disturbing relish.
Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Thursday asked this rhetorical question in a forum where he discussed the Philippines' maritime dispute with China which was brought before the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration under the previous administration.
IThat's a rhetorical question by the way, I don't think I need to tell you the first rule of the rhetorical Question Club, do I?
I wish to assure you that it is not a rhetorical question. It is a reasonable concern, which stems from the policies followed by the ministry and certain Cypriot politicians, in respect of the British bases located at Akrotiri and Dhekelia.
Professor Denko Maleski in Fokus asks a rhetorical question: "What is it that unites the people of a democratic society in accepting dramatic changes that they disagree with?
"Don't you think that the notion of aliens coming here and living, inconspicuous, amongst us is quite preposterous?" I asked this rhetorical question to a friend, just to keep our dying conversation going, but little did I know that this question would keep me on my toes, until I answered it.
How far will Erdogan go?", the magazine asked the rhetorical question whether the Turkish President is "a new Hitler".
In spaces where the poet can spend "a night in an aeon" and "starlight melt[s] like ice," Ko poses a question that perhaps defines his poetics: "might I be able to say / whether it's imagination or not?" The same rhetorical question seems imbricated in the texture of each poem within Grasshoppers' Eyes, and the anthropomorphized mountains, waterfalls, birds, bees, grasses, seas, etc.
It reads: "Dear life, when I said, 'Can my day get any worse?', it was a rhetorical question, not a challenge."