Figures of speech: Hidden meaning
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There is a family of figures of speech where a key element is having
something that is subtle or hidden in
some form. They are thus not always what they appear to me. Here they are:
- Accismus: Feigned refusal of that which is desired.
- Adianoeta: Expression that has second, subtle meaning.
- Antanagoge: Being positive about something negative.
- Autoclesis: introducing an item by refusing to discuss it.
- Cledonism: Circumlocution to avoid saying
- Homophone: Different words that sound the
- Perissologia: Excessive use of words.
- Paronomasia: Using similarly sounding words.
- Periphrasis: Roundabout wording.
- Praecisio: Not speaking to get over the
- Pun: A play on words.
- Subreption: Phrasing words to misrepresent and concealing facts.
- Synchysis: Confused arrangement of words.