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Alliteration
repetition of the smame letter or sound at the beginning of consecutive or adjacent words
anaphora
repition of a word or words at the beginning of successive phrases or clauses
anastrophe/hyperbaton
inversion of the usual order of words
Aposiopesis
sudden breaking off in a sentence, making it incomplete, although its meaning is clear
Apostrophe
address in an exclamatory tone to an absent person
Assonance
close recurrence of the same or similar vowel sounds at the beginning, middle, or end of words in a sentence
Asyndeton
ommission of connectives between all members of a series of words, phrases, or clauses
chiasmus
arrangement of corresponding pairs of words in opposite order
ellipsis
ommission of a word or words that are understood and are necessary to complete the gramatical structure of the sentence and the sense
epithet
descriptive term attached to the names of certain places or things
hendiadys
use of two nouns connected by a conjunction instead of one noun with a modifier
hyperbolea
rhetorical exaggeration
litotes
an understatement (two negatives make a positive)
metonymy
substitution for a given word of another of closely kindred meaning
onomatopoeia
use of a word whose sound suggests its meaning
oxymoron
an apparent contradiction in terms
personification
endowing of certain inanimate things with human attributes
polysyndeton
use of unnecessary conjunctions
synecdoche
use of a part of a unit to represent the whole
tmesis
separation of parts of a compound works by one + interveneing words
zeugma
the use of a verb/adj with 2+ words when the verb/adj applies to only one of the words