16 terms

Rhetorical Devices Vocabulary (1-16)

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alliteration
a series of words that begin with the same consonant sound
allusion
an indirect reference to another work of literature or art
anadiplosis
the repetition of a word at the end of a clause at the beginning of another
anaphora
the repetition of the same word or group of words at the beginnings of successive clauses
anthimeria
the substitution of one part of speech for another, often turning a noun into a verb
anticlimax
the arrangement of words in order of decreasing importance
antimetabole
the repetition of words in successive clauses, in reverse order (a chaismus in which the exact words, not just the syntax, are flipped
antithesis
the juxtaposition of opposing or contrasting ideas
aposiopesis
when the speaker or writer deliberately stops short and leaves something unexpressed, but yet obvious, to be supplied by the imagination
apostrophe
when a speaker or writer breaks off and directs speech to an absent person, inanimate object, or abstract quality or idea
apposition
the placing of two elements side by side, in which the second defines the first
assonance
the repetition of vowel sounds, most commonly within a short passage of verse
asyndeton
omission of conjunctions between related clauses
chaismus
reversal of grammatical structures in successive clauses
climax
the rearrangement of words in increasing importance (do not confuse with the literary element meaning point of greatest tension in a plot)
epistrophe
the repetition of the same word or group of words at the ends of successive clauses