Blamey Rhetoric Devices Test

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passing reference or indirect mention


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


the reversal of the normal order of words


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


address to an absent or imaginary person


lack of conjunctions between coordinate phrases, clauses or words


strained or paradoxical use of words either in error (as 'blatant' to mean 'flagrant') or deliberately (as in a mixed metaphor: 'blind mouths')


inversion in the second of two parallel phrases


a series of things depending on each other as if linked together

Double Entendre

an ambiguity with one interpretation that is indelicate (sexual/dirty)


the act of counting, a list


repetition of the ends of two or more successive sentences, verses, etc.


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


raising a question then proceeding to answer it

Hysteron Proteron

reversal of normal order of two words or sentences etc. (as in 'bred and born')


the act of positioning close together for comparison (or side by side)


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


a misuse of words, especially through confusion caused by resemblance in sound., the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar


a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity


substituting the name of an attribute or feature for the name of the thing itself (as in 'they counted heads')


(logic) a self-contradiction


an expression in parentheses


The deliberate use of many conjunctions for special emphasis - to highlight quantity or mass of detail, or to create a flowing, continuous sentence pattern, using several conjunctions in close succession, especially where some might be omitted (as in 'he ran and jumped and laughed for joy')


repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning and another at the end of successive clauses, i.e., simultaneous use of anaphora and epistrophe


substituting a more inclusive term for a less inclusive one or vice versa


useless repetition (i.e. adequate enough)


separation of the parts of a compound word


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

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