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English noun: rhetorical device

1. rhetorical device (communication) a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)

Broader (hypernym)device

Narrower (hyponym)anacoluthia, anacoluthon, anastrophe, antinomasia, antiphrasis, antithesis, apophasis, aposiopesis, apostrophe, asyndeton, catachresis, chiasmus, climax, conversion, ecphonesis, emphasis, enallage, epanorthosis, epiplexis, exclamation, figure, figure of speech, hendiadys, hypallage, hyperbaton, hypozeugma, hypozeuxis, hysteron proteron, image, inversion, litotes, meiosis, onomatopoeia, paraleipsis, paralepsis, paralipsis, paregmenon, polysyndeton, preterition, prolepsis, repetition, trope, wellerism

Part meronymrhetoric

Domain categoryrhetoric

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