Pysma (pys’-ma): The asking of multiple questions successively (which would together require a complex reply). A rhetorical use of the question.

I was on the phone call.  I heard it with my own ears. There is no doubt that Ukraine’s President was being extorted by our President. Do you really believe I am mistaken? Do you really believe virtually all the other people who were in on the call got it wrong? What kind of bullshit are you trying to push on the American people? What is your motive? To undermine our democracy? To make a Big Lie prevail? To please your boss?

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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