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Auxesis (Literary Definition)

Auxesis Definitions:
  • Auxesis is a figure of speech that lists a series of things in ascending order of importance.
  • A rhetorical term for a gradual increase in intensity of meaning with words, which are arranged in ascending order of importance or force.
Famous Auxesis Examples:
"O'erthrows thy joys, friends, fortune, and thy state."
[Richard II, Shakespeare]
"It is a sin to bind a Roman citizen, a crime to scourge him, little short of the most unnatural murder to put him to death; what then shall I call this crucifixion?"
[Cicero, Against Verres]

"Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird . . . it’s a plane . . . it’s Superman!"
[opening of The Adventures of Superman, television series]

Tags: Auxesis - Cicero - Figure Of Speech - Importance - Shakespeare - Superman
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