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intentional exaggeration for emphasis or focus
Rhetorical form in which the force of the descriptive statement is less than what would normally expect
Emphasizes a point by using a word opposite to the condition/reality
Makes use of contrast in language to bring out a contrast in ideas
is the technique of asking a question and then proceeding to answer it.
A question in which the answer is implied
An argumentation strategy that deals specifically with objections
is an elaboration on the definition of a word to be certain there is no misunderstanding between author and audience.
is a device in which the writer compares two things which are already somewhat related; Uses like or as
peaks of one thing as though it actually were another.
are comparative rhetorical devices (like similes and metaphors), but more pragmatic
is a reference to a fairly well-known event, place, person, or literary work.
is similar to an allusion - you are referring to a specific famous person to link his or her attributes with someone else.
is simply the use of a quotation, maxim, or wise saying.
is simply providing your reader with an example to illustrate your point.
is to use the same general structure for multiple parts of a sentence, or for multiple sentences, in order to link them.
is a special form of parallelism that flips the original form around.
takes the last word of a sentence or phrase and repeats it near the beginning of the next sentence or phrase. Used well, anadiplosis can create a poetry-like effect in a prose piece that also helps put focus on a key term.
takes an important word from anywhere in one sentence and repeats it at the beginning of the next sentence or phrase.
s a device used to sum up a body of work that has come before so that you can move on to a new point.
is a device that is used to insert an aside or additional information into the main flow of your writing.
is a device in which the writer breaks out of the flow of the writing to directly address a person or personified object.
is the act of supplying a list of details.
is a way of ordering points to downplay negative aspects of a topic.
involves attaching a descriptive adjective to a noun to evoke a particular idea or emotion, or to bring a scene to life
removes the expected conjunction.
adds conjunctions where there normally would be only one.
Unexpected items in a sentence are linked by a shared word
the use of a part of something to represent the whole
the use of a closely related object to refer to the actual concept
is a rhetorical device in which you arrange the words in your sentence in an unexpected order to make certain parts stand out or to make the entire sentence jump out for readers.
is a device used to convey doubt.
is a device in which the writer repeats a word or phrase at the beginning of multiple clauses or sentences.
is similar to anaphora, but the repetition happens at the end of multiple clauses or sentences.
combines both Anaphora and Epistrophe
writers repeat something they've just said while adding more detail and information to the original description.
is giving human attributes to something non-human; Giving animal-like attributes to inanimate objects or abstract concepts.
involves listing a series of clauses with no conjunctions