One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
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.
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