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Epiplexis

Epiplexis (e-pi-plex’-is): Asking questions in order to chide, to express grief, or to inveigh. A kind of rhetorical question [–the speaker does not expect an answer].

Did you think that invading Iraq was a good idea?  What about Afghanistan? Good idea? What about Syria?  Good idea? When is war ever a good idea?  Never? Sometimes? Later this week?

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu). Bracketed text added by Gorgias.

Repotia

Repotia (re-po’-ti-a): 1. The repetition of a phrase with slight differences in style, diction, tone, etc. 2. A discourse celebrating a wedding feast.

1. A. Iraq. Afghanistan. Syria. Egypt. One thing in common: sectarianism.

1. B. Four countries. Four examples. Four reasons to engender nationalism.

2. Your wedding is a portrait of spiritual fusion, inexhaustible as love’s invisible warmth. We know your marriage will bring bright colors and beautiful forms to the days and nights of your lives.

Today is a time for promises and a time of promise: a time to celebrate your future’s advent in the vows you’ve spoken today.

So, here’s to you, our friends: To your love! To your marriage! To your future!

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