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|Noun||1.||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
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
conversion - interchange of subject and predicate of a proposition
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
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