Polyptoton (po-lyp-to’-ton): Repeating a word, but in a different form. Using a cognate of a given word in close proximity.

I dislike to dislike what I like to dislike. Why? Because disliking what I dislike is likely to make me aware of just how much I dislike. It puts an emphasis on the negative and raises the awkward question as to whether I like having so much to dislike. I dislike that, but I am liking the fact that I dislike it.

But, I am confused. As much as I dislike asking, I would like it if somebody out there is likely to know how to get out of this conundrum?

Anybody out there? Can anybody help me with liking what I am disliking?

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

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