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Rhetoric is...

the persuasive dimension of discursive and symbolic practise.

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Rhetorical devices

A rhetorical device is a linguistic means for giving a statement a positive or negative spin in order to influence the views of the audience.

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Euphemism is...

A rhetorical device that seeks to mute a disagreeable aspect of something or to emphasise its agreeable aspects.

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Dysphemism is...

A rhetorical device that seeks to emphasise the disagreeable aspect of something.

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Downplayer is...

A rhetorical device for toning down the importance of something.

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Stereotype is...

a rhetorical device for making an often unwarranted and oversimplified generalisation about the members of a group.

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Innuendo is...

A rhetorical device that uses words with neutral or positive associations to insinuate something deprecatory.

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Loaded question is...

A question that contains a controversial or unjustified presumption that would incur unwanted commitments on the respondents part.

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Hyperlobe is...

A rhetorical device that consists in extravagant overstatements for getting the audience to adopt a positive or negative point of view on something.

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Rhetorical explanation is...

A rhetorical device disguised as an explanation for showing something in a negative light.

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Domestication is...

A rhetorical device that employs friendly metaphors to normalise and trivialise the extraordinary.

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Bureaucratisation is...

A rhetorical device for mystifying something either by using neutral or technologized concepts.