Apostrophe (a-pos’-tro-phe): Turning one’s speech from one audience to another. Most often, apostrophe occurs when one addresses oneself to an abstraction, to an inanimate object, or to the absent.


The destruction, the mayhem, the hatred, the violence, the brutality, the killing, the stench.

War!  You incinerate my hope. You nourish my fear.

War! You are the spawn of Eden. You are the Father of nations.

War! You engender solidarity. You slaughter the flock.

People, must we have enemies in order that we be friends?

War says “Yes!” Peace says “No!” History says “Yes and No.”

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

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