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Polysyndeton
The use of several conjunctions in close succession for rhetorical effect
He ran and jumped and laughed for joy
Hyperbole
Exaggeration used for emphasis or effect
I could eat a horse
Aphorism
A tersly phrased statement of truth or opinion
Ask no questions and you'll be told no lies
Ellipsis
The omission of a word or phrase necessary for complete understanding
I like to interview people sitting down
Anaphora
Deliberate repitition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs.
I have a dream that all men will be treated equal...I have a dream
Apostrophe
A digestion in the form of an address to someone not present
O Death where is thy sting?
allusion
Indirect reference to some piece of knowledge not actually mentioned
She was another Helen
prosopopeia
A figure of speech in which an absent or imaginary person is represented as speaking
chiasmus
a reversal in the order of words in two otherwise parallel phrases
He went to the country, to the town went she
tautology
needless repitition of on idea in words without imparting immediate context
widow woman
Epigram
a concice, clever, often paradoxical statement
You're more likely to die from an auto accident than a gunshot
paradox
A contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true
standing is more tiring than walking
euphemism
the act of substuting a mild term for a harsh one
slumber room
metonymy
one word or phrase is substituted for another
Washington = U.S. government
Synecdoche
a part is used as a whole or whole for part
ten sail