Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The repetition of parts in an organism in such a way as to form a regular pattern, as in radial and bilateral symmetry, serial homology, etc.
- n. literature, rhetoric Referring to something by its polar extremes.
- n. literature, rhetoric Referring to something by a list of its parts.
“The error, mes - merism - or hypnotism, to use the recent term”
“Answer: God created the heavens and the earth (a merism for "everything") approximately four thousand years before the birth of Christ, conducting His creative work ex nihilo over a period of six days, as described in Genesis 1.”
“Diplophrasis My letter in the February 1976 VERBATIM, listing phrases in our language in which synonyms are joined by and (aches and pains, alas and alack, bits and pieces) and other examples of hendiadys and merism elicited many additions from readers.”
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"Luciferous Logolepsy is a collection of over 9,000 obscure English words. Though the definition of an 'English' word might seem to be straightforward, it is not. There exist so many adopted, deriv...
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I love learning about rhetoric. I am a dork.
a reflection on siththen - a word used during and before Chaucer's time
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