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Rhetórical. adj. [rhetoricus, Lat. from rhetorick.] Pertaining to rhetorick; oratorial; figurative.

The apprehension is so deeply riveted into my mind, that rhetorical flourishes cannot at all loosen it. More.

Because Brutus and Cassius met a blackmore, and Pompey had on a dark garmet at Pharsalia, these were presages of their overthrow, which notwithstanding are scarce rhetorical sequels; concluding metaphors from realities, and from conceptions metaphorical inferring realities again. Brown.

The subject moral, logical, or rhetorical, which does not come under our senses. Watt's Improvement of the Mind.

Sources: Browne, Thomas (203) · More, Henry (28) · Watts, Isaac (116)

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