Rhetorical Question Definition 1. A rhetorical question is a figure of speech in the form of a question posed for rhetorical(to produce emotion or a train of thought) effect rather than to receive an answer 2. Rhetorical question is a type of figurative speech in which a point is emphasized by asking a question. It does not require an answer but rather encourages the listener to reflect on what the implied answer to the question must be. Etymology The first word, rhetorical is from Greek rhetorike techne which means “art of an orator”, and from retor which means “orator” (orator is a person who delivers a speech). The second word of the term, “question,” is from the Latin quaestio derived from quarere, meaning “to seek or ask.”
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