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Aureation

 

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Description

Aureation is the use of decorative language.

Example

In misty moments of glory she deigned to cast her dewy eyes upon my visage.

Down, cast, I was, thrown on the garbage pile of life's fell and despondent emptiness.

Discussion

Flowery, ornate language is common in some forms of poetry and 'purple prose'. It is often explicitly intended to paint vivid pictures, although the underlying intent is often to impress the reader with the linguistic skills of the author.

The problem with aureation is that it can easily confusion and irritation rather than wonder.

Classification: Distortion.

See also

Authority principle, Surprise principle

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