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Rhetorical Devices

Rhetorical devices meant to allow to master the English Language.
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Anadiplosis
The repetition of the last word in the last sentence in the beginning of the next sentence
Anaphora
Emphasizing words by repeating them at the beginnings of neighboring clauses
Anecdote
Short tale narrating an interesting or amusing biographical incident
Antimetabole
Repetition of words in successive clauses, but in transposed grammatical order EX: One for all, and all for one.
Antithesis
Obvious contrast of a previous proposition
Appositive
A noun or noun phrase that renames another noun right beside it
Asyndeton
Conjunctions are deliberately omitted from a series of related clauses (veni, vidi, vici)
Begging the Question
Circular Reasoning
Climax/Climbing the Ladder
Scheme of amplification; Wrds/Phrases/Clauses ordered in order of importance.
Connotation
Suggestive meaning of a word or phrase.
Deductive Reasoning
A reasoning whose conclusions are intended to follow from the previous premise
Epistrophe
Emphasizing words by repeating them at the ends of neighboring clauses
Hyperbole
Extreme exaggeration
Inductive Reasoning
Process of reasoning in which the premises of an argument are believed to support the conclusion but do not prove it
Irony
Incongruity or discordance between what a speaker or a writer says and what he or she means, or is generally understood
Jargon
Terminology that relates to a specific activity, profession or group
Litotes
Understatement
Metonymy
use of a word for a concept or object which is associated with the concept/object originally denoted by the word (Throne ~ Royal Power)
Oxymoron
A figure of speech that combines two contradictory terms
Parallelism
Means to give two or more parts of the sentences a similar form so as to give the whole a definite pattern
Periphrasis
A grammatical concept that is expressed by more than one word
Major Premise
A general statement (in a syllogism)
Minor Premise
A specific statement (in a syllogism)
Pun
A phrase that deliberately exploits confusion between similar-sounding words for humorous or rhetorical effect
Sarcasm
Stating the opposite of an intended meaning especially in order to sneeringly, slyly, jest or mock a person, situation or thing
Syllogism
Kind of logical in which one proposition (the conclusion) is inferred from two others (the premises) of a certain form
Symbol
Objects, pictures, or other concrete representations of ideas, concepts, or other abstractions
Synecdoche
A term denoting a part of something is used to refer to the whole thing