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Correctio

 

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Description

Correctio is the use of a corrective extension to a statement.

Example

He is the best warrior in the region -- nay, the entire country!

You have not considered the meaning of this -- or at least not though much about it.

Discussion

Correctio is typically used as a form of exaggeration, amplifying the initial statement with extended scope or value. In the correction, repetition is also being used to hammer home the point.

The correction may also be used to say something controversial, then retreat to a more acceptable position. Having made the first statement, the 'cat is out of the bag' and listeners are forced to consider this meaning. The correction then gets in quick before a criticism is made.

Correctio is also known as Metanoia.

Classification: Meaning, Repetition, Amplification

See also

Amplification principle, Repetition principle

 

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