Historical vs Rhetorical - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between historical and rhetorical
is that historical
is pertaining to the history, to what happened in the past while rhetorical
is part of or similar to rhetoric, which is the use of language as a means to persuade.
As a noun historical
is a historical romance.
Pertaining to the history, to what happened in the past.
* See the usage notes about (m) for more.
A historical romance.
* 1999 , Anne K. Kaler, Rosemary E. Johnson-Kurek, Romantic Conventions , page 63:
- However, as regular romance readers know, the romance novels that appear on the best-seller lists are not Harlequins at all, but rather historicals and contemporaries, which vary widely from the Harlequin pattern in style, plot, and character.
Part of or similar to rhetoric, which is the use of language as a means to persuade.
Not earnest, or presented only for the purpose of an argument
- A rhetorical question , for example, is one used merely to make a point, with no response expected.