Meiosis (mei-o’-sis): Reference to something with a name disproportionately lesser than its nature (a kind of litotes). This term is equivalent to tapinosis.
Imagine, calling a string of commonplace cliches “plagiarism.” Melania was simply stating truisms–the kinds of things that common sense dictates when you’re talking about your parents’ advice and influence, raising children, and being an American. It’s like saying “I love you” is plagiarized because it’s been said countless times before!
What do I have to do now, think of a new way to say “I love you” because there’s a Valentine’s card that already says it?
I’ll tell you what! Nobody’s going to make me find a different way to say “I love you,”even if you call me a plagiarist! I love you is I love you. How else do I say it?
Speaking from the heart is not plagiarism, no matter how much it may sound like what other people say when they speak from the heart.
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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).