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rhetorical terms week 1
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exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
I've told you a million times.
employed by writers or speakers to intentionally make a situation seem less important than it really is.
"It is a bit cold today," when the temperature is 5 degrees below freezing.
ironical understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of its contrary
You are not as young as you used to be
two opposite ideas are put together in a sentence to achieve a contrasting effect
You are easy on the eyes, but hard on the heart.
raises a question and then immediately provides an answer to that question
"Thirty-one cakes, dampened with whiskey, bask on window sills and shelves.
Who are they for?
Friends. Not necessarily neighbor friends: indeed, the larger share is intended for persons we've met maybe once, perhaps not at all. People who've struck our fancy. Like President Roosevelt".
raises an objection to his own argument and then immediately answers it
"you may ask" "some of you might be wondering"
xplicit reference to a particular meaning or to the various meanings of a word, in order to remove or prevent ambiguity
name of a legend or real person that writers associate with some other person, object, institution or thing.
Sandwich was given the name of a British politician John Montagu, who was fourth Earl of Sandwich.
proverb, etc. adds credibility to your words.
you can't have everything
a question asked solely to produce an effect or to make an assertion and not to elicit a reply, as "What is so rare as a day in June?".
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