Scesis onomaton

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Scesis onomaton is a rhetorical technique[1] in which a speaker or writer emphasizes an idea by repeating it rapidly using slightly different words that have the same or very similar meaning.


A man faithful in friendship, prudent in counsels, virtuous in conversation, gentle in communication, learned in all liberal sciences, eloquent in utterance, comely in gesture, an enemy to naughtiness, and a lover of all virtue and godliness.

— Peacham[2]

Wendy lay there, motionless in a peaceful slumber, very still in the arms of sleep.

— Robert A. Harris ,  VirtualSalt[3]


  1. ^ American Rhetoric, retrieved September 1, 2011.
  2. ^ Brigham Young University, retrieved September 1, 2011.
  3. ^ VirtualSalt: A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices retrieved September 1, 2011.