omitting conjunctions where they would be expected to give the impression that a list is not complete
use of conjunctions between each word, phrase, clause to build up emphasis or weight
interrupting the normal flow of the sentence to emphasize words around the device
Attaching a descriptive adjective to a noun; combining unusual adjectives modifying ordinary nouns
Unexpected times in a sentence are linked together by a shared word; shows relationship between ideas and actions more clearly
exaggerating some part of a statement in order to give it emphasis or purpose
the force of a descriptive statement is less than what one would normally expect
Uses a word opposite to the condition to add force or power
use a contrast in language to bring out a contrast in ideas
asking a question, then proceeding to answer it
a question in which the answer is merely implied in order to highlight something the readers definitely know
directly addresses objections to show readers you have anticipated their concerns and have already thought them through
using part of something to represent the larger whole
using something closely related as a representation
arranging the words in a sentence in an unexpected order to emphasize certain parts
elaborating on the definition of a word to make sure that there is no misunderstanding
comparing two things that are already somewhat related
speaking of one thing as though it actually were another
making use of something already well-known to explain something that is less well-known
a reference to some fairly well-known event, place, or person to help a reader see a broader picture, to evoke a feeling or to add credibility
referring to a specific famous person to link his or her attributes with someone else
a quotation, maxim, or wise saying to sum up or add weight to an argument
providing the reader with an example to illustrate a point
organizing ideas so that they proceed from least to the most important; slowly building the reader up to a state of excitment, then delivering crowning statements
using the same general structure for multiple parts of a sentence or for multiple sentences in order to link them all
a special form of parallelism that flips the original form around; stylisically more ornate than parallelism
takes the LAST word of a sentence or phrase and repeats it near the beginning of the next sentence or phrase
takes an important word from ANYWHERE in one sentence or phrase and repeats it as the BEGINNING of the next sentence or phrase
a device used to sum up a body of work that has come before so that you can move on to a new point
a device that is used to insert an aside or additional information to the main flow of your writing. parenthesis, dashes or commas should be used to say the crucial things without having to end the sentence first
a rhetorical device in which the writer breaks out of the flow of the writing to directly address the person or personified object
the act of supplying a list of details about something, expanding on a central idea, lending force to that idea by enumerating its many different facets.
a way of ordering points to downplay negative points so that the reader feels less strongly about something
express doubt about an idea. Show a number of diffrent sides to an argument, without committing to any one side.
repeats word or phrase ar the beginning of multiple clauses or sentences.
Repeats something just said while adding more detail and information to the original description.
giving human attributes to something that is non-human.
Listing a series of clases with no counjunctions.
Repeats phrase at the end of clauses or sentences.
Combined anaphora and espistrope.