Rhetorical Devices

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repetition of the final words of a sentence or line at the beginning of the next


repetition of a word or phrase as the beginning of successive clauses


Inversion of the natural or usual word order


Repetition of a phrase at the end of another clause


the juxtaposition of contrasting words or ideas to give a feeling of balance


joining together several clauses or phrases without using conjunctions between them.
EX- "Hereisthehouseitsgreenandwhite" (t.b.e.)


loud confusing disagreeable sounds


repetition at the end of a clause of the word that occurred at the beginning


Repetition of a word or phrase at the end of several clauses. ex. Of the people, by the people, for the people


an inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive


a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor


use of parallel structures of the same length in successive clauses


for of understatement in which the negative of the contrary is used to achieve emphasis and intensity. for example, "She is not a bad cook."


the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar


understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary)


a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.


repetition of conjunction in close succession


a construction in which one word is used in two different senses ("After he threw the ball, he threw a fit.")


useless repetition


use of a word to govern two or more words though appropriate to only one

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