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Rhetorical Devices

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Anadiplosis
repetition of the final words of a sentence or line at the beginning of the next
Anaphora
repetition of a word or phrase as the beginning of successive clauses
Anastrophe
Inversion of the natural or usual word order
Anistrophe
Repetition of a phrase at the end of another clause
Antithesis
the juxtaposition of contrasting words or ideas to give a feeling of balance
Asydenton
joining together several clauses or phrases without using conjunctions between them.
EX- "Hereisthehouseitsgreenandwhite" (t.b.e.)
Cacophony
loud confusing disagreeable sounds
Epanalepsis
repetition at the end of a clause of the word that occurred at the beginning
Epiphora
Repetition of a word or phrase at the end of several clauses. ex. Of the people, by the people, for the people
Euphemism
an inoffensive expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive
Hyperbole
a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor
Isocolon
use of parallel structures of the same length in successive clauses
Litote
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."
Malapropism
the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar
Meiosis
understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary)
Paradox
a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
Polysydenton
repetition of conjunction in close succession
Syllepsis
a construction in which one word is used in two different senses ("After he threw the ball, he threw a fit.")
Tautology
useless repetition
Zeugma
use of a word to govern two or more words though appropriate to only one