rhetorical device

  1. a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
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How To Use rhetorical device In A Sentence

  • In a work of literature Stewart's lies would constitute synecdoche, the rhetorical device in which a part stands for the whole.
  • It also explores doublespeak in terms of rhetorical devices, namely, personification, dehumanization, metaphor, understatement and inflation.
  • If it causes a positive feedback, it will be an unsuccessful rhetorical device no matter how vivid and concrete it is.
  • (Teachers College Press, 1975), which is not familiar to me, has provided not only a study that is revealing but a readable introduction for any who are interested in how style can be analyzed: I have not seen such a clear exposition of polysyndeton, asyndeton, and other rhetorical devices since reading Barr's Introduction to my textbook copy of The Orations of Cicero (where all the examples are, of course, in Latin). VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IV No 4
  • Yet isn't prosopopeia a rhetorical device that is found, as a matter of course, in all poetry?
  • Obviously, this a rhetorical device: a trope or some sort of shorthand for the linking of theory to practice.
  • No memorized list of rhetorical devices will make an orator of a student who cannot grasp and creatively imitate the structure of a twenty-minute speech.
  • Proximity or contiguity is a rhetorical device among others; any writer of modest ability, let alone Proust, attends to various sorts of associations and crosspollinations (I have just attended to double-s sounds). Professing Literature: John Guillory's Misreading of Paul de Man
  • Within the substitutional mode, anachronism was neither an aberration nor a mere rhetorical device, but a structural condition of artifacts.
  • Irony, once chiefly used as a rhetorical device in modem society, has generally become a genuine lot of all the people in their life.
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