Epanorthosis meaning

(rhetoric) A rhetorical device or element in which a speaker or writer retracts a word that has been spoken and substitutes a stronger or more suitable word; often done for emphasis or sarcasm.

"Most brave! Brave, did I say? most heroic act!" is an example of epanorthosis.

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Origin of epanorthosis

  • From Ancient Greek ἐπανόρθωσις (epanórthosis, “correction”)

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