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Figures of speech: Omission

 

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There is a family of figures of speech where a key element is Omission, often with the attention of gaining attention or emphasizing importance. Here they are:

  • Anapodoton: Suggesting something that is never said.
  • Apcope: Omitting letters from the end of a word.
  • Aphaeresis: Removing letters from the start of a word.
  • Aposiopesis: Not completing a sentence.
  • Cataphora: Using a word to refer to a word used later.
  • Ellipsis: omission of words that would make a sentence explicit.
  • Hypocatastasis: Implied comparison.
  • Paralipsis: Emphasis by obvious omission.
  • Parisology: Deliberate use of ambiguous words.
  • Praeteritio: Mentioning something that is against the rules.
  • Polysyndeton: Repeating conjunctions.
  • Synaloepha: Omitting one vowel to combine two words.
  • Syncope: Shortening word by omitting middle segment.

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