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Anabasis

 

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Description

Anabasis is stepwise increasing of sense or emphasis in each phrase or sentence.

Example

We must respond. We must fight! We must overcome this evil enemy!!

Are you there? I can hear you! There -- I see you!!

Good, better, best!

Discussion

Anabasis uses the recency principle, where we remember best that which is said last or most recently. Spoken as a rising crescendo, it can also give power to the conclusion of a paragraph or speech.

Anabasis can be used to show growing confidence, perhaps as a speaker is encouraged by positive responses to earlier but weaker assertions.

Anabasis is the opposite of catabasis, which is a stepwise decreasing of emphasis.

Anabasis is Greek for 'ascent' or 'going up'.

Classification: Amplification

See also

Climax, Recency Effect, Amplification principle, Using emphasis

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