rhetorical device


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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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When, in the aftermath of the shooting incident in Mandaluyong City, Bato dela Rosa said he would rather have stupid people with good intentions instead of smart people with bad intentions, he was making use of a rhetorical device widely deployed in our political discourse: presenting false dichotomies, or making people pick between two things as if these were the only choices.
In America, President Donald Trump uses it as a rhetorical device to discount an unfavourable story or distrusted news outlet or diminish the media at large.
He has become a rhetorical device or figure of speech who connotes specific ideas or images when he is mentioned.
She includes an introduction to the genre and the poets, summaries of the poems, a glossary of rhetorical device, a note on metre, and a vocabulary of Latin words.
Using a logos rhetorical device, statistics of the number of people dying from malaria are provided to add concreteness to the detrimental effects of the environmentalist worldview.
But as the week progressed, I began to think her clever phrase might actually be a signal of future behaviour rather than just a rhetorical device.
In discussing those issues she relied heavily on anecdotes - a rhetorical device that reveals little about specific policy preferences.
Summary: Experts say Abbas has no interest in encouraging violence, and Israel's accusations are rhetorical device aimed at harming his diplomatic drive.
The final rhetorical device I will examine is logos.
Initially, "the public" was a rhetorical device used by many newspapers to account for the material and social impact that a battle between labour and capital had upon all those not directly involved in the conflict.
It was a rhetorical device posed by the interrogator to express their opinion on what I should be doing when my four-year-old son starts reception.
On the use of the rhetorical device known as anaphora, the repetition of a word or sequence of words at the beginnings of successive clauses, he quotes Edmund Burke: "There is nothing simple, nothing manly; nothing ingenuous, open, decisive, or steady, in [this] proceeding" (p.