Rhetorical Devices #4 Arizona Jefferson

Oxymoron

ak-se-mor-an

Definition: a combination of words that have opposite or very different meanings

Example: Big Baby; painfully beautiful; Great Depression

Paradox

par-uh-docs

Definition: contains two statements that are both true but cannot both be true at the same time.

Example: Wise fool; Your enemy's friend is your enemy.

Parallelism

par-uh-le-liz-uh m

Definition: structure is similar in a series of words

Example: The more you hate, the more you love

Polysyndeton

poly·syn·de·ton

Definition: conjunctions are used repeatedly

Example: Go and hunt her and find her and bring her to me

Pun

pun

Definition: possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings

Example: A friend of mine tried to annoy me with bird puns, but I soon realized that toucan play at that game.

Synecdoche

si-NEK-də-kee

Definition: a term for a part of something refers to the whole of something or vice versa.

Example: Music is my bread and butter

Juxtaposition

juhk-stuh-puh-zish-uh n

Definition: two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.

Example: Beauty and the beast

Jargon

jahr-guh -gon

Definition:words or expressions that are used by a profession or group

Example:Bang for the buck - which means to get the most for your money

Malapropism

ma-lə-ˌprä-ˌpi-zəm

Definition: misuse of a word by confusing it with a similar sounding word

Example: Rainy weather can be hard on the sciences. (sinuses)

Irony

ī(-ə)r-nē

Definition: the expression of one's meaning by using language that means the opposite

Example: A man who is a traffic cop gets his license suspended for unpaid parking tickets

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