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Shusta-Brown AP Set 3

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auxesis
Arranging words or clauses in a sequence of increasing force
anaphora
Repetition of the same word or group of words at the beginning of successive clauses, sentences, or lines
elenchus
A logical refutation
paradox
A statement that is self-contradictory on the surface, yet seems to evoke a truth nonetheless
tricolon
Three parallel elements of the same length occurring together in a series
accumulatio
Bringing together various points made throughout a speech and presenting them again in a forceful, climactic way
asyndeton
The omission of conjunctions between clauses, often resulting in a hurried rhythm or vehement effect
circumlocution
"Talking around" something, usually by supplying a descriptive phrase in place of a name. Rhetorically useful as euphemisms, as a method of amplification, or to hint at something without stating it
allegory
A sustained metaphor continued through whole sentences or even through a whole discourse
adianoeta
An expression that, in addition to an obvious meaning, carries a second, subtle meaning (often at variance with the ostensible meaning)
diasyrmus
Rejecting an argument through ridiculous comparison
apodixis
Proving a statement by referring to common knowledge or general experience
diaskeue
Graphic peristasis (description of circumstances) intended to arouse the emotions
syncrisis
Comparison and contrast in parallel clauses
chiasmus
Repetition of ideas in inverted order
cacozelia
A stylistic affectation of diction, such as throwing in foreign words to appear learned; bad taste in words or selection of metaphor, either to make the facts appear worse or to disgust the auditors
pysma
The asking of multiple questions successively (which would together require a complex reply). A rhetorical use of the question
tapinosis
Giving a name to something which diminishes it in importance. A kind of meiosis
correctio
The amending of a term or phrase just employed; or, a futher specifying of meaning, especially by indicating what something is not (which may occur either before or after the term or phrase used)
anamnesis
Calling to memory past matters; citing a past author from memory