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anadiplosis Tweet Definition of anadiplosis Like Definition of anadiplosis on Facebook
  1. 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)
anastrophe Tweet Definition of anastrophe Like Definition of anastrophe on Facebook
  1. a switching in the syntactical order of words
antiphrasis Tweet Definition of antiphrasis Like Definition of antiphrasis on Facebook
  1. the use of a word or phrase in a sense not in accord with its literal meaning, especially for ironic or humorous effect
apophasis Tweet Definition of apophasis Like Definition of apophasis on Facebook
  1. An allusion to something by denying that it will be mentioned
    • I won't mention your bad grammar
aporia Tweet Definition of aporia Like Definition of aporia on Facebook
noun (plural: aporiae)
  1. 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?.
  2. An insoluble contradiction in a text's meaning.
  3. Any kind of logical impasse suggested by a text or speaker.
aposiopesis Tweet Definition of aposiopesis Like Definition of aposiopesis on Facebook
noun (aposiopeses)
  1. (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)
    apostrophe Tweet Definition of apostrophe Like Definition of apostrophe on Facebook
    1. (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).
    apostrophize Tweet Definition of apostrophize Like Definition of apostrophize on Facebook
    verb (apostrophizes, apostrophizing, apostrophized)
    1. To use the apostrophe figure of speech in writing or speech
    He would apostrophize execessively which made his writing tiresome.
    1. To add one or more apostrophe characters to text to indicate missing letters.
    2. Turning away from.
    :: (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.
    :: Also used by Thomas Hardy, Charlotte Bronte.

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