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rhetorical device

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rhetorical device a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
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Usage

In literature:

His manner was frigid and pompous, and his rhetorical devices were mechanical.
"Collections and Recollections" by George William Erskine Russell
Among the ancients the dialogue was a common rhetorical device, especially in the presentation of abstruse subjects.
"Cato Maior de Senectute" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
His colloquial ease should not hide from us his mastery of all the devices of rhetoric.
"Inquiries and Opinions" by Brander Matthews
We can regard the expression, however, in no other light than as a mere rhetorical device in a legendary narrative.
"Supernatural Religion, Vol. III. (of III)" by Walter Richard Cassels
They had room for ornament and rhetorical device, but none for eccentricity or obscurity.
"Tragedy" by Ashley H. Thorndike
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In poetry:

Thus he grew up, in Logic point-device,
Perfect in Grammar, and in Rhetoric nice;
Science of Numbers, Geometric art,
And lore of Stars, and Music knew by heart;
A Minnesinger, long before the times
Of those who sang their love in Suabian rhymes.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 3. The Student's Tale; Emma and Eginhard" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

The best way to view President Obama's speech in Cairo is to understand the way Obama views himself and the rhetorical devices he employs.
Obama's rhetoric incompatible with device tax, Reps say.
Stephen Toulmin's review of Alan Turing : The Enigma by Andrew Hodges is unified by a rhetorical device that we find misleading.
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In science:

What was then to some extent a rhetorical device in our report is now coming closer to reality as neutrino telescopes approach the sensitivity needed to see neutrinos from established and likely TeV gamma-ray sources.
TeV Particle Astrophysics II: Summary comments
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