Rhetoric Devices

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  1. alliteration
    the recurrence of initial consonat sounds; the repitition can be juxtaposed (and then it is usually limited to two words)
  2. allusion
    a short, informal reference to a famous person or event
  3. amplification
    involves repeating a word or expression while adding more detail to it, in order to emphasize what might otherwise be passed over. In order words, it allows you to call attention to, emphasize, and expand a word or idea to make sure the reader realizes its importance or centrality in the discussion
  4. analogy
    compares two things, which are alike in several respects, for the purpose of explaining or clarifying some unfamiliar or difficult idea or object by showing how the idea or object is similar to some familiar one
  5. anaphora
    in the repition of the same word or words at the beginning of successive phrases, clauses, or sentences, commonly in conjunction with climax and with parallelism
  6. antimetoble
    revising the order of repeated words or phrases (a loosely chiastic structure, AB-BA) to intensify the final formulation, to present alternatives, or to show contrast
  7. antithesis
    establishes a clear, contrasting relationship between two ideas by joining them together ir juxtaposing them, often in parallel structure
  8. apostrophe
    interrupts the discussion or discourse and addresses directly a person or personified thing, either present or absent
  9. appositive
    a noun or noun substitute placed next to (in apposition to) another noun to be described or defined by the appositive
  10. assonance
    similar vowel sounds repeated in successive or proximate words containing different consonants
  11. asyndeton
    the deliberate omission between a series of related clauses
  12. chiasmus
    might be called "reverse parallelism" since the second part of a grammatical construction is balanced or paralleled by the first part, only in reverse order
  13. catachresis
    is an extravagant, implied metaphor using words in an alien or unusual way
  14. climax
    consists of arranging words, clauses, or sentences in the order of increasing importance, weight, or emphasis
  15. distinctio
    is an explicit reference to a particular meaning or to the various meanings of a word, in order to remove or prevent ambiguity
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