Monthly Archives: March 2010

Adynaton

Adynaton (a-dyn’-a-ton): A declaration of impossibility, usually in terms of an exaggerated comparison. Sometimes, the expression of the impossibility of expression.

You have as much of a chance of winning the lottery as a chicken does of climbing Mt. Everest!

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)

Anastrophe

Anastrophe (an-as’-tro-phee): Departure from normal word order for the sake of emphasis. Anastrophe is most often a synonym for hyperbaton, but is occasionally referred to as a more specific instance of hyperbaton: the changing of the position of only a single word.

Hopeful, most of the time I am.

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).

Tasis

Tasis (ta’-sis): Sustaining the pronunciation of a word or phrase because of its pleasant sound. A figure apparent in delivery.

Twitter gives new meaning to ubiquity–yoooobiquity–tweetbiquity!

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).

Epitasis

Epitasis (e-pit’-a-sis): The addition of a concluding sentence that merely emphasizes what has already been stated. A kind of amplification. Opposite of anesis.

I think you’re obnoxious. You’re totally inappropriate.

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Abating

Abating: English term for anesis: adding a concluding sentence that diminishes the effect of what has been said previously. The opposite of epitasis (the addition of a concluding sentence that merely emphasizes what has already been stated. A kind of amplification).

Your new house is beautiful! Too bad it’s right next to the freeway.

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