Synonymia


Synonymia (si-no-ni’-mi-a): In general, the use of several synonyms together to amplify or explain a given subject or term. A kind of repetition that adds emotional force or intellectual clarity. Synonymia often occurs in parallel fashion. The Latin synonym, interpretatio, suggests the expository and rational nature of this figure, while another Greek synonym, congeries, suggests the emotive possibilities of this figure.

He was a big, huge, hulking man. He had a heart of gold, silver, and platinum all rolled into one precious object beating to the meter of a beautiful love poem.

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

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