Catacosmesis (kat-a-kos-mees’-is): Ordering words from greatest to least in dignity, or in correct order of time.

Years of hard work, months of anguish, days and days and days filled with hope and fear and loss and gain, and today, we stand at the threshold of a promise fulfilled. Tomorrow, we go home.

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

One response to “Catacosmesis

  1. This has always bugged me (and it’s on the washing machine so I have to look at it every time I do laundry);
    “Warning! Misuse of this machine may result in death, explosion, or fire”
    Is that an example of catacosmesis? (or is it just poor grammar?)

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