Definition of rhetorize in English:

rhetorize

verb

  • 1no object To speak or write in a rhetorical manner, or in accordance with the principles of rhetoric. Compare rhetoricize. Now chiefly Literary Criticism.

  • 2To express in rhetorical language; to make rhetorical in form or style.

  • 3With clause or direct speech as object: to say or write in rhetorical language.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Michael Drayton (1536–1631), poet. From post-classical Latin rhetorizare to play the orator from Hellenistic Greek ῥητορίζειν to practise oratory from ancient Greek ῥήτωρ + -ίζειν. Compare Middle French, French rhétoriser.

Pronunciation

rhetorize

/ˈrɛtərʌɪz/