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rhetorical question

A question asked without expecting an answer but for the sake of emphasis or effect. The expected answer is usually "yes" or "no." For example, Can we improve the quality of our work? That's a rhetorical question. [Late 1800s]
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The chapter might have its merits in conversations elsewhere, but it tells us nothing about the rhetorical nature of the Bush presidency.
Part 3 can be thought of as the book's transition from uncovering Shakespeare's rhetorical heritage to integrating this reading with Shakespeare's physical and social dramatic contexts.
In this passage Palmer begins chanting the Credo of Rhetorical Theory.
We argue that the creation of a less hegemonic rhetorical territory in cyberspace bears much resemblance to what has been advocated by countless minority rhetoricians in the 19th and 20th century of the United States (Grimke, Lyons, Palmer, Stewart cited in Bizzell & Herzberg, 2001).
Furthermore, such a controversial conversation would need to become a rhetorical home in which Jews and Christians are willing to dwell without recourse to some new final resolution or solution, like an established creed or an authoritative organization.
Rhetorical and critical research is performed by a person, usually a cultural insider, who is able to articulate detailed knowledge of social rules and structures.
Shields, Brooks, and other high-profile refs of pro politics assumed the real value of such a debate is to draw attention to "difference" through rhetorical exchange.
BBN Technologies, a Verizon company, and Rhetorical, the UK-based text-to-speech company, have signed a licensing agreement involving the sale of speech-recognition and language-processing technologies.
Indeed, their critique of socialism was a useful rhetorical device that earned them credibility among France's more conservative elite.
25 /PRNewswire/ -- BBN Technologies, a Verizon company, and Rhetorical, the UK-based text-to-speech company, have signed a licensing agreement involving the sale of speech-recognition and language-processing technologies.
Phonetic Systems, a provider of real-time speech recognition solutions, and Rhetorical Systems, a developer of text-to-speech solutions, have announced a partnership that will integrate the rVoice Text-to-Speech (TTS) Engine into Phonetic Systems' Voice Search Engine (VSE) applications.
Text to speech technology provider Rhetorical Systems has formed an agreement with speech recognition systems supplier Talisma to launch a set of voice services.
It was pure rhetorical cover to camouflage a total sellout.
Clifton Black presents revised versions of seven articles that apply both ancient and contemporary models of rhetorical criticism to the Gospels and Acts.
Thrice Born: The Rhetorical Comeback of Jimmy Swaggart.