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Oeonismos

 

Techniques > Use of language > Figures of speech > Oeonismos

Method | Example | Discussion | See also

 

Description

Oeonismos is the expression of emotion through wishing or hoping.

Example

Wouldn't it be lovely if we could all be together at Christmas.

I hope he leaves soon, otherwise I might just land one on him!

I wish he would leave me alone!

Discussion

Hope is a form of desire, and wishing is often the expression of hope by other means. It is often positive in form although it can also have negative aspects.

Wishing is relatively harmless, particularly in positive form, and is thus offers a way of expressing emotion in a socially acceptable way. 

Classification: Emotion

See also

Hope

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