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syllogism
three-part deduction
Example: All A is B; C is A; therefore C is B.
metonymy
association name
Example: The White House has announced a new policy
anaphora
repetition in successive phrases
Dr. King used anaphora, repeating "I have a dream."
bowdlerize
censor prodishly
We deplore the bowdlerization of great literature.
locus classicus
classical example
The Iliad is a locus classicus for the heroic ideal
reiterate
repeat
It is needless to reiterate one's objections.
desultory
rambling
He gave a desultory, soporific lecture.
funambulist
tightrope walker
The speech was an act of political funambulism
lyssophobia
fear of insanity
It was a family of schizophrenics and lysoophobiacs.
idée fixe
obsession
For Ahab, the whale was an idée fixe.
schism
division
(pronounced sizm)
A schism developed in the Democratic party
apotheosis
raising to god status
We noted the public's apotheosis of the new champ.
precursor
forerunner
This unfortunate event was the precursor of the tragedy to come.
cosmology
study of the universe
The existence of the Big Bang is a cosmological question.
euphony
beautiful sound
Hear the soft euphony of the wind in the trees.