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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
- climax (ascending series): a series of clauses of increasing force
- 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").