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Flashcards in Rhetoric Devices Deck (30):
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Alliteration

The recurrence of initial consonant sounds - baby buggy bumpers

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Allusion

A reference to an event, literary work or person - I can’t do that because I am superman

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Amplification/crescendo

Repeats a word or expression for emphasis - love, real love, takes time.

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Anadiplosis

The repetition of the last word of a preceding clause
The word is used at the end of a sentence and then used again at the beginning of the next sentence

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Analogy

Compares two different things that have some similar characteristics
He is as flaky as a snowstorm

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Anaphora

Repeats a word or phrase in successive phrases
‘If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle, us do we not laugh?’

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Antanagoge

Places criticism and compliment together to lessen the impact
The car is not pretty but it runs great

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Atimetabole

Repeats words or phrases in reverse order
Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country

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Antipharisis

Uses a word with an opposite meaning
The Chihuahua’s name was Goliath (warrior)

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Antithesis

Makes a connection between two things
Tats one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind

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Appositive

Places a noun or phrase next to another noun for descriptive purposes
Mary, queen of the land, hosted the ball

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Enumeratio

Makes a point with details
Renovation included a spa, tennis court, pool and lounge.

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Epanalepsis

Repeats something from the beginning of a sentence at the end
My ears heard what you said but I couldn’t believe my ears

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Epithet

Using an adjective or adjective phrase to describe
Mesmerising eyes

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Epizeuxis

Repeats one word for emphasis
The amusement park was fun, fun, fun.

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Hendiadys

The expression of a single idea by words connected with ‘and’
(Nice and warm) when one could be used to modify the other, as in nicely warm.

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Hyperbole

An exaggeration
I have done this a thousand times

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Litotes

Makes an understatement by denying the opposite of a word that may have been used
The terms of the contract are not disagreeable to me.

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Metanoia

Corrects or qualifies a statement
You are the most beautiful women in this town, nay the entire world.

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Metaphor

Compares two things by stating one is the other
The eyes are the window to the soul.

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Metonymy

A metaphor where something is being compared is referred to by something closely related with it
The knights are loyal to the crown.

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Onomatopoeia

Words that imitate the sound they describe
Plunk, whiz, pop

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Oxymoron

A two word paradox
Near miss, seriously funny

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Parallelism

Uses words or phrases with a similar structure
I went to the store, parked the car and bought a pizza.

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Simile

Compares one object to another
He smokes like a chimney

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Syntheton

When by convention two words are joined by a conjunction for emphasis (Bread and wine)

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Understatement

Makes an idea less important than it really is
The hurricane disrupted traffic

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Hypophora

Asking a question and then answering it yourself.

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Bathos

Reducing a ground idea/ person to a less important one.

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Parenthesis

Added information (usually in brackets or commas) that could be taken out.