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(Rhetoric) rhetoric the almost immediate replacement of a preceding word or phrase by a more correct or more emphatic one, as for example in thousands, nay, millions
[C16: from Greek: correction, from epi- + ana- + orthos straight]
a rhetorical device in which something just said is repeated and stronger or more apt words are substituted.See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
The immediate replacement, in order to achieve an effect of stress, of one word or phrase by another that is considered more correct.