In both of these respects, modern rhetorical practice differs.
This intellectualist stance was shared by Dai Zhen, who also waxed rhetorical:
The child, not realising this is a rhetorical question, answers immediately and speaks over the available options.
Iowa officials are accustomed to twisting themselves into rhetorical pretzels to justify the state’s antiquated caucus system.
The primary aim of the rhetorical tradition was the study of figures of speech.
The final cluster of challenges concerns language, images, and “rhetorical space.”
We defer further discussion of rhetorical structure to section 6 (on language generation).
These were rhetorical, but were they merely rhetorical, let alone sophistical?
Their emphasis on debating skills led to important advances in rhetorical theory and the development of style in oratory.
“Trump’s brand of rough-and-tumble verbal pummelling heightened the rhetorical stakes for people of all political persuasions.”
This is the belief that de Man complicated (as he also complicated the belief that philosophical writing is fundamentally not figurative and rhetorical).
Text spans linked by rhetorical relations may consist of single or multiple sentences, potentially leading to a recursive (though not necessarily strictly nested) structure.
Edifying content mattered more than elegance of style, for his narratives are characterized by clarity and directness and by the avoidance of rhetorical devices and displays of poetic virtuosity.
., the study of persuasive speech, is a “counterpart” (antistrophos) of dialectic and that the rhetorical art is a kind of “outgrowth” (paraphues ti) of dialectic and the study of character types.
Classical Chinese poetry … is particularly concise, finely rich, highly rhetorical and thus linguistically complex, requiring a high degree of creativity in writing it, sophisticated interpretation in reading it, and difficulty in understanding it.
Other rhetorical figures (although not all of them) can, in Goodman’s view be explained in terms of metaphorical “transfers” of this kind, indeed as “modes of metaphor”: personification, synecdoche, antonomasia, hyperbole, litotes, irony… (1976, 81–85).
The reason why the enthymeme, as the rhetorical kind of proof or demonstration, should be regarded as central to the rhetorical process of persuasion is that we are most easily persuaded when we think that something has been demonstrated.
Brutally crisp and blatantly rhetorical, the phrase has become a catchall representing the internet currency of receipts, forcing bandwagon participants to confront things they might have said or done that seemingly contradict their newfound commitment to the cause.
The need to be seen to be “tough on borders” has outweighed all other considerations, pushing successive governments towards increasingly extreme positions, grotesque cruelties and risible rhetorical contortions in insisting their actions are reasonable, legal, or morally defensible.
Battersby and Bailin 2011 have suggested that fallacies be understood as argument patterns “whose persuasive (rhetorical) power greatly exceeds its probative value (i.e., evidential worth),” making fallacies errors in reasoning that are rooted in their rhetorical appeal.
- of or relating to rhetoric
Example: accepted two or three verbal and rhetorical changes I suggested
- given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought
Example: mere rhetorical frippery
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