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- n. A rhetorical device or element in which a speaker or writer retracts a word that has been spoken and substitutes a stronger or more suitable word; often done for emphasis or sarcasm.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A figure by which a speaker recalls a word or words, in order to substitute something else stronger or more significant; as, Most brave! Brave, did I say? most heroic act!
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, a figure consisting in immediate revocation of a word or statement in order to correct, justify, mitigate, or intensify it, usually the last: as, “Most brave act. Brave, did I say? Most heroic act.” Also called epidiorthosis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. immediate rephrasing for intensification or justification
From Ancient Greek ἐπανόρθωσις (epanórthosis, "correction") (Wiktionary)