rhetorical devices september

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ad hominem argument

appeals to emotion rather than reason (deceptive)

allusion

a reference to a person, place, thing , or work of art that the author expects the reader to know

analogy

making a clear concept or idea by showing its similarity to a more familiar concept

concession

an acknowledgement of objections to a proposal

correction of erroneous views

pointing out where another's observations need modification or correction

diction

word choice

didactic

meant to teach

euphemism

a less offensive substitute for an unpleasant word (allowed doublespeak)

invective

an emotionally violent, verbal attack

metaphor

figurative language

reduce to the absurd

to show the foolishness of an argument by taking the argument to its logical (yet absurd) conclusion

specious reasoning

apparent logic; not truly logical but presented as such (deceptive)

syntax

sentence structure (groups of words, where as diction is single word choice)

tone

author's attitude toward his/her topic, the audience or both

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