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Bdelygmia | Definition and Examples

In literature, the use of bdelygmia in Rhetoric comes out as a stylistic device that authors/writers use for a variety for reasons. The term ‛bdelygmia’, meaning filth or nastiness, is greek in origins. Bdelygmia in Rhetoric means expression of vile hatred for someone, something, someplace, or some kind of action happening. Its place in literature as a stylistic device has been used since classical literature and still being practiced by.. Read More

Chiasmus | Definition and Meaning

In rhetoric, chiasmus also known as chiasm is a figure of speech wherein words, concepts or grammatical constructions are repeated in reversed order without repeating the words themselves. In this literary device, the phrases or causes present inverted parallelism which balances phrases bearing similar but not identical meanings. It is good to avoid confusing chiasmus with antimetabole, which is a subtype of this figure which also implicates a reversal of.. Read More

Commoratio | Definition and Examples

Commoratio comes from a Latin term used to denote the act of delaying or dwelling on a point. In modern English terms, it refers to the deliberate repetition of the same idea and is also known as synonymia or communio. In simplest terms, it manifests as saying or writing something in multiple ways, rewording it for emphasis. Thus, it is not to be confused with two other types of repletion.. Read More

Hypophora | Definition and Examples

In literature, speaking and writing are main activities that convey information and communications for audiences to react accordingly. There are many literary devices used to make literature work attractive and have humor to its audiences. This includes metaphors, sarcasm, irony, rhetoric questioning which give rise to rhetorical questions and hypophora among other literary devices. Define Hypophora Hypophora, also known as antipophora or anthypophora is a figure of speech in which.. Read More

Antanagoge | Definition and Examples

What is an Antanagoge? It is simply a figure in rhetoric, wherein if there is a negative point in a statement, then there is also a positive point to balance it. But sometimes, it is also used when a person is not able to reply aptly to an accusation by someone, so the person then uses a counter-argument to oppose the other person’s accusation in either speech or writing. Antanagoge.. Read More

Metanoia | Definition and Examples

Metanoia is a Greek word that means a change of mind. In this context metanoia is a rhetorical device that means retraction of a statement and then alter it to accommodate a few things forgotten to mention. The correction of statements is done either through writing or speech. The aim of metanoia is always to strengthen, retract, weaken or amplify. In most cases people mistake metanoia for additional statements or.. Read More

Bomphiologia | Definition and Examples

Bomphiologia, verborum bombus, is the use of big words to brag about oneself in an exaggerated manner. It is braggadocio at its best. The words uttered do not have to be entirely true, but they are nevertheless meant to convey self-importance and hint at uniqueness. Bragging and bombastic words and behaviors fall under this mode of rhetoric. Bomphiologia in Rhetoric The use of bomphiologia in rhetoric has to come along with.. Read More

Types of Irony Part 1: Verbal Irony

Irony is a widely used and often misunderstood rhetorical device. Due to the depth of information, as well as its tendency to be misused, I’ve broken the subject down into a multi-part explainer. First, let’s start with the irony definition. After a quick search of The Web, I found a good definition at typesofirony.com. Irony is a figure of speech which is a contradiction or incongruity between what is expected.. Read More

Types of Rhetorical Devices

Rhetoric is the art of persuasive spoken or written discourse that was developed in Ancient Greece. Rhetorical techniques use several methods to influence, convince, and please an audience. Here are some examples of the types of rhetorical devices that you should know. Amplification Refers to an expansion of details do provide a clarification of a fact or point e.g. we are rich, we are brother, we own several malls Anadiplosis.. Read More