- A rhetorical device in which a word or phrase used at the end of a sentence or clause is repeated near the beginning of the next sentence or clause.
- "Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope." (Romans 5:3-4)
- a switching in the syntactical order of words
- the use of a word or phrase in a sense not in accord with its literal meaning, especially for ironic or humorous effect
- An allusion to something by denying that it will be mentioned
- I won't mention your bad grammar
noun (plural: aporiae)
- a figure of speech in which the speaker pauses rhetorically to express uncertainty or doubt as to how to proceed: How can I describe the beauty of the desert?.
- An insoluble contradiction in a text's meaning.
- Any kind of logical impasse suggested by a text or speaker.
- (rhetoric) An abrupt breaking-off in speech.
- 1760: "My sister, mayhap, quoth my uncle Toby, does not choose to let a man come so near her
- " Make this dash,"""tis an Aposiopesis."Take the dash away, and write Backside,""tis Bawdy. " Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Penguin 2003, p. 89)
- 1982: This somewhat abrupt ending (or ) is caused by a previous movement from the figure on the bed. (Fowles, Mantissa)
- (context, orthography) The text character ", which is used to mark the possessive ("s) or to show the omission of letters or numbers (tho", they"ll, "65).
verb (apostrophizes, apostrophizing, apostrophized)
- To use the apostrophe figure of speech in writing or speech
- He would apostrophize execessively which made his writing tiresome.
:: (c1850): You little thought," said Mr. Pumblechook, apostrophizing the fowl in the dish, "when you was a young fledgling, what was in store for you. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens.
- To add one or more apostrophe characters to text to indicate missing letters.
- Turning away from.
:: Also used by Thomas Hardy, Charlotte Bronte.