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In rhetoric, epizeuxis, also known as palilogia, is the repetition of a word or phrase in immediate succession, typically within the same sentence, for vehemence or emphasis.[1][2] A closely related rhetorical device is diacope, which involves word repetition that is broken up by a single intervening word, or a small number of intervening words.[3]

As a rhetorical device, epizeuxis is utilized to create an emotional appeal, thereby inspiring and motivating the audience. However, epizeuxis can also be used for comic effect.[4]


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  1. ^ Arthur Quinn, Figures of Speech, Gibbs M. Smith, Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, 1982.
  2. ^ Nordquist, Richard (26 August 2020). "Definition and Examples of Epizeuxis in Rhetoric". ThoughtCo. Retrieved 18 November 2023.
  3. ^ "Epizeuxis". Literary Devices. Archived from the original on 28 January 2022.
  4. ^ Gerard Hauser, Introduction to Rhetorical Theory, Waveland Press, Illinois, 2002.
  5. ^ "Full text of Tony Blair's speech on education". www.theguardian.com. Guardian News & Media Limited. 23 May 2001. Retrieved 4 July 2023.

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