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Rhetoric definitions

epizeuxis repetition of words in immediate succession, for vehemence or emphasis
anaphora repeating the same word or phrase at the beginning of sentences
epistrophe/epiphora repetition of the same word or words at the end of successive phrases, clauses or sentences
antithesis contrasting ideas in a balanced sentence
anadiplosis repetition of the last word of a preceding clause to start the next sentence
polyptoton repeating the root of a word with a different ending
isocolon parallelism reinforced by members that are of the same length (veni, vidi, vici)
chiasmus two or more clauses are relate through a reversal of structures to make a larger point
anastrophe language's usual word order is inverted "smart you are"
polysyndeton repeated use of conjunctions
ellipsis leaving out expected words with various consequences
asyndeton conjunctions are deliberately omitted
praeteritio/paralipsis emphasizing a point by seeming to pass over it
metanoia retract a statement just made and state it in a better way
litotes understatement via double negatives
aposiopesis breaking off a sentence and finishing it unfinished
erotasis a question that does not call for a reply
hypophora when a speaker asks a question and then answers it
symploce repetition at the beginning and the end of the sentence
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