Erotema (e-ro-tem’-a): The rhetorical question. To affirm or deny a point strongly by asking it as a question. Generally, as Melanchthon has noted, the rhetorical question includes an emotional dimension, expressing wonder, indignation, sarcasm, etc.

Do you really think Trump is somehow going to become sane, well-balanced and mature if he’s elected President?

He is what he is. He isn’t going to change.

In fact, can you imagine what could become the norm for White House social gatherings: Rose Garden Gropings?

Whatever it is, it won’t be good.

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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