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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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