Paregmenon (pa-reg’-men-on): A general term for the repetition of a word or its cognates in a short sentence. Often, but not always, polyptoton.

Ukraine! Ukraine! Ukraine! The people are brave. The soldiers are braver. Bombed, strafed, rocketed—and still they stand. Ukraine. Ukraine. Russia will not succeed. Putin is evil—killing children. Destroying homes. He will pay the price. The World Court will convict him of war crimes. Oh Ukraine, Ukraine! Don’t lose hope. Be resolute. Don’t let go. The rest of the world is on your side (except for Belarus).

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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