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rhetorical devices september

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ad hominem argument
appeals to emotion rather than reason (deceptive)
allusion
a reference to a person, place, thing , or work of art that the author expects the reader to know
analogy
making a clear concept or idea by showing its similarity to a more familiar concept
concession
an acknowledgement of objections to a proposal
correction of erroneous views
pointing out where another's observations need modification or correction
diction
word choice
didactic
meant to teach
euphemism
a less offensive substitute for an unpleasant word (allowed doublespeak)
invective
an emotionally violent, verbal attack
metaphor
figurative language
reduce to the absurd
to show the foolishness of an argument by taking the argument to its logical (yet absurd) conclusion
specious reasoning
apparent logic; not truly logical but presented as such (deceptive)
syntax
sentence structure (groups of words, where as diction is single word choice)
tone
author's attitude toward his/her topic, the audience or both