Distinctio (dis-tinc’-ti-o): Eliminating ambiguity surrounding a word by explicitly specifying each of its distinct meanings.
Fire: Burning material (campfire)
Fire: To make something move very fast (fire a fastball)
Fire: To be dismissed from your job (you’re fired)
You’re not burning.
You’re not throwing pitches.
Actually, you’re fired.
- Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).
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