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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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.
Hope and change, after all, is a rhetorical device of the kind Obama has always imagined can move mountains.
His ultimate conclusion that Reagan was influenced by Chambers' use of the jeremiad, or prolonged complaint, as a rhetorical device is supported chiefly by Hogue's opinion that Chambers' apocalyptic description of the ultimate end of Communism sounds like something Reagan would say.
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.
Thus, it is a rhetorical device, a warning rather than a promise.
Chapter 6 contains an especially compelling exposition of Othello's characters' uses of the rhetorical device of hysteron proteron--stating last things first.
It was the central rhetorical device of the movement that brought down Egypt's Hosni Mubarak in February, and it was the phrase that represented a red line for the rulers of the Gulf state of Bahrain in March.
Therefore, to illustrate the positive potential of such writing, each rhetorical device will be examined herein individually.
Cypriot society easily overcame the shock from the violent division of 1974; the "drama of Cyprus" has long become nothing more than a rhetorical device.