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In rhetoric, parechesis (παρήχησις) is the repetition of the same sound in several words in close succession.[1]

An example of a parechesis is: "He persuades the Pithian (πείθει τὸν Πειθίαν)."[2] Hermogenes of Tarsus discusses parechesis in his work On the invention of arguments (Περὶ εὑρέσεως).[3] Alliteration (initial rhyme) is a special case of parechesis.

It is related to paronomasia.[4][5]


  1. ^ Gert J. C. Jordaan -Ancient Greek Inside Out: The Semantics of Grammatical Constructions - Guide for Exegetes and Students in Classical and New Testament Greek 2013- Page 171 3643903537 "NT: 1.27 Parechesis (παρήχησις, likeness ofsound) 0 Definition: Parechesis is repetition of the same sound in successive words. It includes alliteration (repetition of the same consonant) and assonance (repetition of the same vowel).
  2. ^ cf. Xen. Hist. 7.41.
  3. ^ Herm. Inv. 4.7.
  4. ^ The Greek Historia monachorum in Aegypto: Monastic Hagiography in ... 0191075817 Andrew Cain - 2016 "Three types of paronomasia are prevalent in the work: same root (verb) but different inflection;16 same root (verb) but different or added prefix;17 and same root but different derivatives.18 Parechesis is identical to paronomasia except that verbal resonance is achieved through the concurrence of words, similar in sound but dissimilar in sense, which are from different roots.
  5. ^ Bullinger, E. W. Figures of Speech Used in the Bible 1970 "In these cases, where the Paronomasia is in the Hebrew thought, it is called Parechesis so far as the Greek is concerned. And it is only when we go to the Hebrew thought that we can hear the Hebrew words sounding beside the Greek words."


  • Smyth, Herbert Weir (1920). Greek Grammar. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press. pp. 680–681. ISBN 0-674-36250-0.