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n.1.(Rhet.) A figure which consists in answering the charge of an adversary, by a counter charge.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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In a chapter on "Oratorical Voice" in Faulkner, Ross identifies "balanced compounds" as a key device, along with antanagoge, expeditio, and anaphora, in Faulkner's oratorical style (especially in Absalom, Absalom!), (2) a style in continuity with a Southern rhetorical tradition, both political and religious, with its roots in a selective classical education--Ross singles out Hugh Blair's Lectures, on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres of 1783 as particularly important in the education, such as it was.
Oxymoron and antithesis, Slatoff's key devices, and antanagoge, one of Ross's, are also figures of doubling, forced conjunctions and yokings.
For instance, up to now I have counted twenty-three types of devices of balance, including antanagoge, three kinds of doublets (antithetic, pleonastic and range), triplets (and other kinds of seriation), antimetabole, inclusio, and palindrome.
ANTANAGOGE: ameliorating a fault or difficulty admitted by balancing an unfavorable aspect with a favorable one.
Antanagoge can be compared to two other devices - antisagoge and compensatio - which involve a weighing, a balancing, a compensatory antithesis.