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Polysyndeton
Insertion of conjunctions before each word in a list: “My fellow students read and studied and wrote and passed. I laughed and played and talked and failed.”
Scesis Onomaton
Repetition of an idea using synonymous words or phrases: “We succeeded, won, and walked away victorious.”
Sententia
The punctuation of a point with an aphorism such as “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
Sentential Adverbs
These single words or brief phrases emphasize the thought they precede, interrupt, or — rarely — follow. Examples include however, naturally, no doubt, and of course — and, in informal writing, phrases such as “you see.”
Syllepsis
Divergent use of a word in two phrases: “We must all hang together or assuredly we will all hang separately.”
Symploce
A combination of anaphora and epistrophe: “To think clearly and rationally should be a major goal for man; but to think clearly and rationally is always the greatest difficulty faced by man.”
Synathroesmus
A series of adjectives, also known as accumulatio, compiled often in the service of criticism: “You’re the most arrogant, selfish, self-absorbed, insufferable narcissist I’ve ever met!”
Synecdoche
Substitution of a part or a substance for a whole, one thing for another, or a specific name used for a generic: “A hundred head of cattle were scattered throughout the field”; “A regiment of horse paraded by”; “The swordsmen unsheathed their steel”; “Do you have a Kleenex?”
Tapinosis
Invective: “Get out of my way, you mouth-breathing cretin.”
Tricolon
A series of three parallel words, phrases, clauses, or statements: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”