Rhetorical Devices (C-H)

  1. Coherence
    a principle demanding that the parts of any composition be arranged so thatthe meaning of the whole may be immediately clear and intelligible.
  2. Connotation
    the non-literal, associative meaning of a word; the implied, suggestedmeaning. May involve ideas, emotions, or attitudes.
  3. Denotation
    the strict, literal, dictionary definition of a word, devoid of any emotion,attitude, or color.
  4. Diction
    related to style, diction refers to the writer’s word choices, especially withregard to their correctness, clearness, or effectiveness.
  5. Didactic
    from the Greek, didactic literally means “teaching.” Didactic works havethe primary aim of teaching or instructing, especially the teaching of moral or ethicalprinciples.
  6. Euphemism
    a more agreeable or less offensive substitute for a generally unpleasantword or concept.
  7. Exposition
    in essays, the purpose of exposition is to explain something. In drama theexposition is introductory material, which creates tone, gives the setting, and introducesthe characters and conflict.
  8. Extended Metaphor
    a metaphor developed at great length, occurring frequently in orthroughout a work.
  9. Figurative Language
    writing or speech that is not intended to carry literal meaning andis usually meant to be imaginative and vivid.
  10. Figure of Speech
    a device used to produce figurative language. Many comparedissimilar things.
  11. Homily
    this term literally means “sermon,” but more informally it can include anyserious talk, speech, or lecture involving moral or spiritual advice.
  12. Hyperbole
    a figure of speech using deliberate exaggeration or overstatement.Hyperboles often produce a comic effect or irony; however, a serious effect is possible.
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Rhetorical Devices (C-H)