ADJ. empty, mere Her speech was just empty rhetoric. | militant, powerful, radical | government, official | nationalist, patriotic, political, revolutionary, sectarian
VERB + RHETORIC adopt, engage in, resort to, use He was quite prepared to use militant rhetoric in attacking his opponents.
PREP. behind/beneath the ~ Behind all the rhetoric, his relations with the army are dangerously poised. | despite the ~ Little has changed, despite the rhetoric about reform. | ~ about/concerning/on official rhetoric on the virtues of large families