Blamey Rhetoric Devices Test

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Allusion

passing reference or indirect mention

Anadiplosis

repetition of the final words of a sentence or line at the beginning of the next

Anaphora

repetition of a word or phrase as the beginning of successive clauses, repetition of a word or phrase as the beginning of successive clauses

Anastrophe

the reversal of the normal order of words

Antithesis

the juxtaposition of contrasting words or ideas to give a feeling of balance

Apostrophe

address to an absent or imaginary person

Asyndeton

lack of conjunctions between coordinate phrases, clauses or words

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

Concatenation

a series of things depending on each other as if linked together

Double Entendre

an ambiguity with one interpretation that is indelicate (sexual/dirty)

Enumeration

the act of counting, a list

Epistrophe

repetition of the ends of two or more successive sentences, verses, etc.

Euphemism

an inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive

Hypophora

raising a question then proceeding to answer it

Hysteron Proteron

reversal of normal order of two words or sentences etc. (as in 'bred and born')

Juxtaposition

the act of positioning close together for comparison (or side by side)

Litotes

understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary)

Malapropism

a misuse of words, especially through confusion caused by resemblance in sound., the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar

Metaphor

a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity

Metonymy

substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in 'they counted heads')

Paradox

(logic) a self-contradiction

Parenthetical

an expression in parentheses

Polysyndeton

The deliberate use of many conjunctions for special emphasis - to highlight quantity or mass of detail, or to create a flowing, continuous sentence pattern, using several conjunctions in close succession, especially where some might be omitted (as in 'he ran and jumped and laughed for joy')

Symploce

repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning and another at the end of successive clauses, i.e., simultaneous use of anaphora and epistrophe

Synecdoche

substituting a more inclusive term for a less inclusive one or vice versa

Tautology

useless repetition (i.e. adequate enough)

Tmesis

separation of the parts of a compound word

Zeugma

use of a word to govern two or more words though appropriate to only one

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