Rhetorical Devices AP Lang & Comp B6 by: Rylee, Luisa, Rachel, and Shania

Antithesis (Ant-I-thee-sis): Opposition, or contrast of ideas or words in a balanced or parallel construction. EX: "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Alliteration (Ol-lit-ter-a-tion): Repetition of the same sound beginning several words in sequence. EX: Nick’s nephew needed new notebooks.

Anastrophe (An-a-stro-phi): Inverting the usual order of words or clauses EX: "Strong in the force, you are." Yoda, Star Wars

Apophis (Ap-o-phis): To introduce a subject by claiming that it is faulty or incorrect. "I'm not saying I'm responsible for this country's longest run of uninterrupted peace in 35 years! I'm not saying that from the ashes of captivity, never has a phoenix metaphor been more personified I'm not saying Uncle Sam can kick back on a lawn chair, sipping on an iced tea, because I haven't come across anyone man enough to go toe to toe with me on my best day! It's not about me."- Robert Downey, Jr.

Apposition (Ap-pu-zi-shun): A word put beside another word to define it. EX: Her Dog, Spot ; My best friend, Lola

Asyndeton (u-sind-tun): Leaving out conjunctions (and, but, or) in a sentence EX: “He eats and drinks and sleeps” “He sleeps, drinks, eats.”

Climax: The most important part of something EX: “This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is the climax of his speech.

Hyperbole (Hi-per-bowl-e): Language that describes something as better or worse than it really is. In describing his accomplishments, he's somewhat given to hyperbole. [=he tends to exaggerate his accomplishments]

Ellipsis: The act of leaving out one or more words that are not necessary for a phrase to be understood EX: “Begin when ready” for “Begin when you are ready” is an example of ellipsis.

Euphemism: (U-fem-ism) A mild or pleasant word or phrase that is used instead of one that is unpleasant or offensive EX: using “eliminate” as a euphemism for “kill”


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