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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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.
Hart (4) (1569): Distinction or pointing comma -- colon periode marke of the admirative Mulcaster (1582): Distinction comma -- colon period -- Clement (1587): Distinction and pointings of sentences comma -- middle perfect admiration pause pause or full point Coote (1596): Points or states in writing comma -- colon period -- Daines (5) (1640): Stops, points or pauses comma comma- colon period exclamation colon point Hodges (1644): Points or stops comma semi-colon colon period admiration point Hodges (1653): Points or stops comma -- colon period admiration point Wharton 1654: Points comma -- colon period ecphonesis Adis (1660?