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DefinitionRhetorical Term
Denunciatory or abusive language; discourse that casts blame on somebody or something.
The repetition of a word or phrase at the end of several clauses.
The main part of a text in which logical arguments in support of a position are elaborated.
A figure of speech in which a part is used to represent the whole or the whole for a part.
The identity or similarity in sound between internal vowels in neighboring words.
A verbal pattern in which the second half of an expression is balanced against the first but with the parts reversed.
A statement that appears to contradict itself.
A word or word group that completes the predicate in a sentence.
A rhetorical term for breaking off discourse to address some absent person or thing.
1) A short inscription in prose or verse on a tombstone or monument.
One of the two main parts of a sentence or clause, modifying the subject and including the verb, objects, or phrases governed by the verb.
The omission of conjunctions between words, phrases, or clauses (opposite of polysyndeton).
A figure of speech consisting of an understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by negating its opposite.
A statement or type of composition intended to give information about (or an explanation of) an issue, subject, method, or idea.
A fallacy of oversimplification that offers a limited number of options (usually two) when in fact more options are available.
DefinitionRhetorical Term
A succession of phrases of approximately equal length and corresponding structure.
A figure of speech in which one word or phrase is substituted for another with which it is closely associated (such as 'crown' for 'royalty').
Ordinary writing (both fiction and nonfiction) as distinguished from verse.
Sentence style that appears to follow the mind as it worries a problem through, mimicking the 'rambling, associative syntax of conversation'--the opposite of periodic sentence styl
A method of reasoning by which a rhetor collects a number of instances and forms a generalization that is meant to apply to all instances.
A form of deductive reasoning consisting of a major premise, a minor premise, and a conclusion.
1) A tersely phrased statement of a truth or opinion.
Words phrases, and clauses that make one element of a sentence dependent on (or subordinate to) another. Contrast with coordination.
The use of a word to modify or govern two or more words although its use may be grammatically or logically correct with only one.
A tribute or eulogy in prose or verse glorifying people, objects, ideas, or events.
The grammatical connection of two or more ideas to give them equal emphasis and importance. Contrast with subordination.
The part of an argument wherein a speaker or writer anticipates and counters opposing points of view.
A method of reasoning in which a conclusion follows necessarily from the stated premises.
The repetition of the same word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses or verses.
A sentence structure in which a main clause is followed by subordinate phrases and clauses. Contrast with periodic sentence.

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