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Noun1.rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
rhetoric - study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking)
device - something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect
rhetoric - using language effectively to please or persuade
anacoluthia, anacoluthon - an abrupt change within a sentence from one syntactic structure to another
asyndeton - the omission of conjunctions where they would normally be used
repetition - the repeated use of the same word or word pattern as a rhetorical device
anastrophe, inversion - the reversal of the normal order of words
antiphrasis - the use of a word in a sense opposite to its normal sense (especially in irony)
antithesis - the juxtaposition of contrasting words or ideas to give a feeling of balance
antinomasia - substitution of a title for a name
apophasis - mentioning something by saying it will not be mentioned
aposiopesis - breaking off in the middle of a sentence (as by writers of realistic conversations)
apostrophe - address to an absent or imaginary person
catachresis - strained or paradoxical use of words either in error (as `blatant' to mean `flagrant') or deliberately (as in a mixed metaphor: `blind mouths')
chiasmus - inversion in the second of two parallel phrases
climax - arrangement of clauses in ascending order of forcefulness
conversion - interchange of subject and predicate of a proposition
ecphonesis, exclamation - an exclamatory rhetorical device; "O tempore! O mores"
emphasis - special and significant stress by means of position or repetition e.g.
enallage - a substitution of part of speech or gender or number or tense etc. (e.g., editorial `we' for `I')
epanorthosis - immediate rephrasing for intensification or justification; "Seems, madam! Nay, it is"
epiplexis - a rhetorical device in which the speaker reproaches the audience in order to incite or convince them
hendiadys - use of two conjoined nouns instead of a noun and modifier
hypallage - reversal of the syntactic relation of two words (as in `her beauty's face')
hyperbaton - reversal of normal word order (as in `cheese I love')
hypozeugma - use of a series of subjects with a single predicate
hypozeuxis - use of a series of parallel clauses (as in `I came, I saw, I conquered')
hysteron proteron - reversal of normal order of two words or sentences etc. (as in `bred and born')
litotes, meiosis - understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary); "saying `I was not a little upset' when you mean `I was very upset' is an example of litotes"
onomatopoeia - using words that imitate the sound they denote
paraleipsis, paralepsis, paralipsis, preterition - suggesting by deliberately concise treatment that much of significance is omitted
paregmenon - juxtaposing words having a common derivation (as in `sense and sensibility')
polysyndeton - using several conjunctions in close succession, especially where some might be omitted (as in `he ran and jumped and laughed for joy')
prolepsis - anticipating and answering objections in advance
wellerism - a comparison comprising a well-known quotation followed by a facetious sequel
figure of speech, trope, image, figure - language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
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These are rhetorical devices such as hyperbole and euphemisms as well as wordplay.
Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric studies how ancient rhetorical devices have been used by some of the best modern English writers to greatest effect, and surveys the basic principles of these old reliable devices and how they apply to modern rhetoric.
Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric" organizes a vast range of examples from those sources into eighteen chapters that illustrate and analyze the most valuable rhetorical devices with unprecedented clarity.
Synopsis: "Farnsworth's Classical English Rhetoric" was the definitive guide to the use of rhetorical devices in English.
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Figures of Rhetoric,' in particular, carries a unique exposition and explanation of the huge number of rhetorical devices (all named and explained) incorporated by Jennens into the text and exploited in various imaginative ways by Handel in the music.
First, it traces the intersection of rhetorical devices in his poetry and films.
Appendix B provides a glossary of rhetorical devices, tropes, and schemes used in antiwar speeches and other public speaking.
Cerutti (Associate Professor of Classics, East Carolina University) provides a comprehensive treatment of grammatical issues with an informed and informative analysis of Cicero's rhetorical devices in his oration.
I am purposefully shying away from the subsequent political realities because they are beyond the scope of classical analysis of specific rhetorical devices.