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epithet
An adjective or phrase that xpresses a striking quality of a person or thing:
sun-bright topaz
meiosis
figure of speech which intentionally understates something or implies that it is less in significance, size, than it really is
invective
Speech or writing that abuses, denounces, or vituperates against
litotes
this is a calculated understatement
onomatopoeia
The term used to describe words whose pronunciations suggest their meaning (eg, meow, buzz).
pleonasm
Pleonasm is the use of more words than necessary to express an idea
pedantic
narrowly academic instead of broad and humane; excessively petty and meticulous
syllogism
deductive reasoning in which a conclusion is derived from two premises
synectdoche
A form of metaphor in which the part stands for the whole
Alegory
fable: a short moral story (often with animal characters)