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- n. A figure of speech whereby a question is asked in confident expectation of a negative answer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A figure of speech by which a strong affirmation of the contrary, is implied under the form of an earnest interrogation, as in the following lines;
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, a figure of speech consisting in the use of a question or questions for oratorical purposes, as, for instance, to imply a negative, as in the following quotation. Also called eperotesis and epitrochasmus. See question.
From Late Latin erotesis, from Ancient Greek ἐρώτησις (erōtēsis), from ἐρωτάω (erōtaō, "I question"). (Wiktionary)