Synonymia

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In rhetoric, Synonymia (Greek: syn, "alike" + onoma, "name") is the use of several synonyms together to amplify or explain a given subject or term. It is a kind of repetition that adds emotional force or intellectual clarity. Synonymia often occurs in parallel fashion.[1][2]

Example:

  • The tribune Marullus taunts the Roman populace in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar for their fickleness, calling the people several different pejorative names: "You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things!"

See also figure of speech, trope

References[edit]

  1. ^ George Puttenham, The Arte of English Poesie. 1589. Kent State University Press, 1988.
  2. ^ Henry Peacham, The Garden of Eloquence. 1593.

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