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English Stylistics Class 2013. Epithet, periphrasis, euphemism, oxymoron, hyperbole and understatement.

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Epithet is an unusual description of a phenomenon.

Periphrasis is a roundabout way of referring to something by means of several words instead of naming it directly in asingle word or phrase.

one more example:      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj8u0Ovgdzg

 

Euphemism is a substitution of an agreeable or less offensive expression in place of one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant to the listener.

Oxymoron is a rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined, as in a deafening silence and a mournful optimist.

Hyperbole is the use of exaggeration as a rhetorical device or figure of speech. It may be used to evoke strong feelings or to create a strong impression, but is not meant to be taken literally.

Understatement is a form of irony in which something is intentionally represented as less than it is. Contrast with hyperbole.

Information is taken from:
http://www.answers.com/topic/periphrasis

http://en.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/5552

http://www.answers.com/topic/oxymoron#ixzz2N30KJxpq

http://en.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/123365


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