ecphonesis


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ecphonesis

(ˌɛkfəʊˈniːsɪs)
n, pl -ses
an emotional exclamation

ecphonema, ecphonesis

a sudden, inflamed exclamation, used for emphasis or to capture the attention.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
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Noun1.ecphonesis - an exclamatory rhetorical deviceecphonesis - an exclamatory rhetorical device; "O tempore! O mores"
rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
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(28) A clear illustration of this persuasive utility of the passions is Peacham's description of ecphonesis, or exclamatio, by means of which the orator 'through some vehement affection...
Just as Whitman intimates the sexual, reproductive implications of the trope of the apostrophe, Jennifer Moxley has recently argued that "the poetic O" echoes the ecphonesis associated with sexual activity.
We can see examples of enallage of person, erotema or rhetorical question, exclamation or ecphonesis, prosopopeia, aposiopesis, and prolepsis.