Monthly Archives: February 2012


Epanorthosis (ep-an-or-tho’-sis): Amending a first thought by altering it to make it stronger or more vehement.

There’s something about his stiff affect that makes me wonder about his sincerity. No, wait a minute. On second thought, there’s actually something about everything he does and says that makes him look and sound like a complete liar! I don’t trust him.  Neither should you.

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Antimetabole (an’-ti-me-ta’-bo-lee): Repetition of words, in successive clauses, in reverse grammatical order.

Know what you want. Want what you know!

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Epimone (e-pi’-mo-nee): Persistent repetition of the same plea in much the same words.

I need more time. Please! Just a few days! I have got to have more time! I need it!

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Tapinosis (ta-pi-no’-sis): Giving a name to something which diminishes it in importance.

Are you going to wear your mink skins to the theatre?

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Climax (cli’-max): Generally, the arrangement of words, phrases, or clauses in an order of increasing importance, often in parallel structure.

There is the kindling, the spark, the flame and the light that faces our fears and and befriends us at night.

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Antanaclasis (an’-ta-na-cla’-sis): The repetition of a word or phrase whose meaning changes in the second instance.

Let’s meet at the meet after you’ve run the run.

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Litotes (li-to’-tees): Deliberate understatement, especially when expressing a thought by denying its opposite. The Ad Herennium author suggests litotes as a means of expressing modesty (downplaying one’s accomplishments) in order to gain the audience’s favor (establishing ethos).

His campaign promises are not unbelievable.

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Antanagoge (an’-ta-na’-go-gee): Putting a positive spin on something that is nevertheless acknowledged to be negative or difficult.

As we continue to push for change against the rock-solid Republican Wall of thoughtless opposition, we will hurt and we will be hurt, but at the same time, by pushing, we will build up and strengthen our resolve, and we will push some more, and we will become stronger, and we will start to move that Republican Wall off its cynical foundation, and come November that Republican Wall will come tumbling down.

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Abecedarian (a-be-ce-da’-ri-an): An acrostic whose letters do not spell a word but follow the order (more or less) of the alphabet.

A big car drove executives from gilded hotels into jumbled kinky lanes.

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Aetiologia (ae-ti-o-log’-i-a): A figure of reasoning by which one attributes a cause for a statement or claim made, often as a simple relative clause of explanation.

I do not support that candidate, for he misspeaks too much!

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