HyperDic: rhetorical_device

English > 1 sense of the expression rhetorical device:
NOUNcommunicationrhetorical devicea use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
English > rhetorical device: 1 sense > noun 1, communication
MeaningA use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance).
Categoryrhetoricstudy of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking)
Part ofrhetoricUsing language effectively to please or persuade
Narroweranacoluthia, anacoluthonAn abrupt change within a sentence from one syntactic structure to another
anastrophe, inversionThe reversal of the normal order of words
antinomasiasubstitution / substitution of a title for a name
antiphrasisThe use of a word in a sense opposite to its normal sense (especially in irony)
antithesisThe juxtaposition of contrasting words or ideas to give a feeling of balance
apophasismentioning something by saying it will not be mentioned
aposiopesisbreaking off in the middle of a sentence (as by writers of realistic conversations)
apostropheaddress to an absent or imaginary person
asyndetonThe omission of conjunctions where they would normally be used
catachresisstrained or paradoxical use of words either in error (as 'blatant' to mean 'flagrant') or deliberately (as in a mixed metaphor
chiasmusinversion in the second of two parallel phrases
climaxarrangement of clauses in ascending order of forcefulness
conversionInterchange of subject and predicate of a proposition
ecphonesis, exclamationAn exclamatory rhetorical device
emphasisSpecial and significant stress by means of position or repetition e.g.
enallageA substitution / substitution of part of speech or gender or number or tense etc. (e.g., editorial 'we' for 'I')
epanorthosisimmediate rephrasing for intensification or justification
epiplexisA rhetorical device in which the speaker reproaches the audience in order to incite or convince them
hendiadysUse of two conjoined nouns instead of a noun and modifier
hypallagereversal of the syntactic relation of two words (as in 'her beauty's face / face')
hyperbatonreversal of normal word order (as in 'cheese I love')
hypozeugmaUse of a series of subjects with a single predicate
hypozeuxisUse of a series of parallel clauses (as in 'I came, I saw, I conquered')
hysteron proteronreversal of normal order of two words or sentences etc. (as in 'bred and born')
litotes, meiosisunderstatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary)
onomatopoeiaUsing words that imitate the sound they denote
paralepsis, paraleipsis, paralipsis, preteritionSuggesting by deliberately concise treatment that much of significance is omitted
paregmenonjuxtaposing words having a common derivation (as in 'sense and sensibility')
polysyndetonUsing several conjunctions in close succession, especially where some might be omitted (as in 'he ran and jumped and laughed for joy')
prolepsisanticipating and answering objections in advance
repetitionThe repeated use of the same word or word pattern as a rhetorical device
trope, figure of speech, figure, imagelanguage used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
wellerismA comparison comprising a well-known quotation followed by a facetious sequel
BroaderdeviceSomething in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect
Spanishfigura retórica
Catalanfigura retòrica

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