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 for rhetorical
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rhetorical \Rhe*tor"ic*al\, a. [L. rhetoricus, Gr. ????. See
     Of or pertaining to rhetoric; according to, or exhibiting,
     rhetoric; oratorical; as, the rhetorical art; a rhetorical
     treatise; a rhetorical flourish.
     [1913 Webster]
           They permit him to leave their poetical taste
           ungratified, provided that he gratifies their
           rhetorical sense.                        --M. Arnold.
     [1913 Webster] -- Rhe*tor"ic*al*ly, adv. --
     Rhe*tor"ic*al*ness, n.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: of or relating to rhetoric; "accepted two or three verbal
             and rhetorical changes I suggested"- W.A.White; "the
             rhetorical sin of the meaningless variation"- Lewis
      2: given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of
         thought; "mere rhetorical frippery" [ant: unrhetorical]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  92 Moby Thesaurus words for "rhetorical":
     Gongoresque, Johnsonian, affected, articulate, artificial, aureate,
     bedizened, big-sounding, bombastic, chichi, contrived, convoluted,
     declamatory, elevated, elocutionary, eloquent, embellished,
     euphuistic, exaggerated, expressive, extravagant, flamboyant,
     flaming, flashy, flaunting, florid, flowery, fluent, for effect,
     forensic, fulsome, fustian, garish, gassy, gaudy, glib, grand,
     grandiloquent, grandiose, grandisonant, high-flowing, high-flown,
     high-flying, high-sounding, highfalutin, imposing, inflated,
     inkhorn, labyrinthine, lexiphanic, linguistic, lofty, long-winded,
     lurid, magniloquent, meretricious, mouthy, oratorical, ornate,
     orotund, ostentatious, overblown, overdone, overelaborate,
     overinvolved, overwrought, pedantic, poetic, pompous, pretentious,
     prolix, purple, sensational, sensationalistic, sententious,
     sesquipedalian, showy, sonorous, stilted, stylistic, swelling,
     swollen, tall, tortuous, tumescent, tumid, turgid, unanswerable,
     vocal, voluble, windy, wordy

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