Auxesis (figure of speech)

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Auxesis (Greek: αὔξησις, aúxēsis) is the Greek word for "growth" or "increase". In rhetoric, it refers to varying forms of increase:

  • hyperbole (overstatement): intentionally overstating a point, its importance, or its significance[1][2][3]
  • climax (ascending series): a series of clauses of increasing force[4]
  • amplificatio (rhetorical increase): extension or exaggerated, needless repetition of arguments to emphasize the point

In ancient Greece, it was also sometimes known as auxanein ("growing").[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Encarta World English Dictionary (1999)
  2. ^ The Times English Dictionary (2000)
  3. ^ OED 1st edition
  4. ^ Gideon O. Burton, Brigham Young University Silva Rhetoricae Archived January 22, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.