epanorthosis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n epanorthosis immediate rephrasing for intensification or justification "Seems, madam! Nay, it is"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Epanorthosis A figure by which a speaker recalls a word or words, in order to substitute something else stronger or more significant; as, Most brave! Brave, did I say? most heroic act!
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n epanorthosis In rhetoric, a figure consisting in immediate revocation of a word or statement in order to correct, justify, mitigate, or intensify it, usually the last: as, “Most brave act. Brave, did I say? Most heroic act.” Also called epidiorthosis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Epanorthosis ep-an-or-thō′sis (rhet.) the retracting of a statement in order to correct or intensify it, as 'For Britain's guid! for her destruction!'
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. ; 'epi` + to set right again; again + to set straight
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.