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alliteration
repetition of the same letter at the beginning of successive words or syllables
anaphora
repetition of a word, for emphasis, at the beginning of successive phrases or clauses
simile
expressed comparison using " like" or "as"
anastrophe
inversion of the usual order of words (grammatical)
aposiopesis
an abrupt pause for rhetorical effect
asyndeton
omission of conjunctions where one would normally expect them
chiasmus
arrangement of pairs of words in crisscross order
hendiadys
use of two nouns connected by "et" instead of a single modified noun
hyperbole
exaggeration for rhetorical effect
ellipsis
omission of words necessary to the grammatical structure of the sentence, easily supplied from the context
personification
attributing human characteristics to inanimate things
prolepsis
the use of a word sooner than is logically appropriate
paronomasia
word play using similar sounding words
meiosis
understatment for ironic effect
commoratio
repeating the same idea but in different words, a restatement
embolalia
well, ugh, you know, how sometimes you throw in some words while you are, like, organizing your thoughts
apocope
dropping a letter at the end of the word
triad
use of group of three elements
syllepsis
the use of a word with two others where each word is understood differently
eusystolism
substitution of initials for complete words as a form of euphemism