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
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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The type of rhetorical device that will be used to describe the death of an individual will, first of all, depend on whether we view that death as natural.
The result is what Marx called "shallow syncretism." Sherman exhibits the same old Marxist compulsion to pass judgment at every turn, even while searching for legitimacy in the sources and methods of what Marx called "vulgar" and "bourgeois economics." For example, mathematics is acceptable to Sherman provided it is not used as "a kind of rhetorical device to pretend to be 'scientific' and to cover up the lack of content" [p.
Simultaneously, this "use of magic (mystification) as a rhetorical device" maintains the "unity of action" among the crew: like the harpoon, they symbolically acquire Ahab's virtues so that they can complete the quest (Burke 205).
Tom Furniss's (broadly) Derridean reading of Edmund Burke shows, concerning rhetorical devices (and here Furniss is referring to metaphor in particular, but it can apply to any rhetorical device as it is sublimated into reason's discourse), that once they are 'mobilised in politically critical contexts it seems that, like the people Burke claims to speak for, they prove difficult to govern' (p.
But the dramatic style can be recognized as a style, as a rhetorical device that uses facts for its own purposes, that openly manipulates an ambiguous reality, that exploits compassion.
A rhetorical device in which irreconcilable opposites or strongly contrasting ideas are placed in sharp juxtaposition and sustained tension, as in the phrase "they promised freedom and provided slavery."
But, illogically, culture can also be "a rhetorical device" to ward off criticism and change, Clausen points out, a kind of intellectual stop sign.
Asylum is neither a cold war luxury nor a rhetorical device for restrictionists.
The survey emphasizes what most observers already know, which is that the '1992 consensus' is no consensus at all, much less a genuine political agreement with any legal basis, but is rather a rhetorical device and a historical fabrication.
He argues that questions are an important rhetorical device for Jesus' message and that their appearance in John is sorely under-appreciated by a tradition of exegesis that focuses on propositions and statements.
In his third chapter, Clark exclusively focuses on chiasmus as a rhetorical device crucial (as it were) to Measure for Measure's presentation of "social, political, sexual, theological, and legal relationships" (32), a device particularly suited for encouraging yet frustrating engagement with social matters.
It is a powerful rhetorical device perhaps, but not one that has much bearing on the question of student outcomes.