Figures of speech: Reduction
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There is a family of figures of speech where a key element is reduction or
other change in meaning. Here they are:
- Anesis: Adding a conclusion that reduces what was said.
- Antirhesis: Rejecting bad argument.
- Asteismos: Polite expression of emotion.
- Autoclesis: introducing an item by refusing to discuss it.
- Brachyology: Condensed expression.
- Brevitas: Concise expression.
- Euphemism: Substituting offensive words with gentle ones.
- Eusystolism: Use of initials to avoid speaking harsh words.
- Hypocorism: Use of pet names, diminutives, baby talk.
- Meiosis: Understatement for emphasis or effect.
- Tapinosis: Downplaying and reducing something.