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  • adv. In a rhetorical manner.
  • adv. With reference to rhetoric.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a rhetorical manner; according to the rules of rhetoric: as, to treat a subject rhetorically; a discourse rhetorically delivered.

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  • adv. in a rhetorical manner


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  • (Of course, rhetorically is a critical modifier — there are the arguments that the right wants a Court to make law like a legislature as well, but to get there from your comment required assuming more subtlety in your critique than I usually read into a blog comment.)

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Polling on the Court

  • But simply pointing out problems, and waxing rhetorically, is not enough.

    Scott Harshbarger: Yes We Can Reduce Urban Violence (Part I)

  • Of course this is true, but you did not merely put a name to it; you called rhetorically, for an action in response to it, and then you used this reversal of the objectifying gaze/logic–which I will say again is not a way out of a patriarchal view of the body–to justify that call.

    Phyllis Schlafly: Punishing Spousal Rape Like Rape Is Malicious

  • I know that blogging rhetorically is probably a mistake, but I have time and it’s a wonderful way to close a bunch of tabs, and contemplate about our existence.

    Blog De Ganz | Archive | February

  • Giuliani’s sole reliance on military force and attacking people rhetorically is in fact a defensive posture that won’t work.

    Thinking in Real Time

  • What I take issue with is his championing the idea rhetorically, but not pursuing it tenaciously.

    D. Brad Wright: Why Won't Obama Lead on Reform?

  • That said, Brown gave a good account of himself rhetorically, which is what this debate is primarily about.

    Queen's Speech Live Blog

  • Why, I ask myself rhetorically, that is when it's one of the most important jobs around - if you define the importance of a job by how much it reduces human misery and increases happiness and well-being.

    My 'angel of mercy', not thinking and some happier times

  • He now understands the idea of rhetorically adequate process as a set of unavoidable yet counterfactual “pragmatic presuppositions” that participants must make if they are to regard the actual execution of dialectical procedures as a sufficiently severe critical test.

    Jürgen Habermas

  • KURTZ: Finally, the Reuters News Agency has come under fire, rhetorically, that is, for its refusal to use the word terrorists in connection with the attacks.

    CNN Transcript Sep 29, 2001


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