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

Who condemns the condemner? When the accused accuses, the accusations usually circle around lying or attributions of misinformation denying an alibi. Imagine a society where the accuser judges the accused. Disaster! But that’s exactly what often happens in interpersonal relationships, where the verdict may be “I’m leaving, you dog.” For better and for worse, this is how it goes too often. When there is a lot at stake, Divorce Court is an option.

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

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