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In rhetoric, an epizeuxis is the repetition of a word or phrase in immediate succession, typically within the same sentence, for vehemence or emphasis.[1] A closely related rhetorical device is diacope, which involves word repetition that is broken up by a single intervening word, or a small number of intervening words.[2]

As a rhetorical device, epizeuxis is utilized to create an emotional appeal, thereby inspiring and motivating the audience. However, epizeuxis can also be used for comic effect.[3]


Alone, alone, all all alone,

Alone on a wide, wide sea".

Samuel Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"

See also


  1. ^ Arthur Quinn, Figures of Speech, Gibbs M. Smith, Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, 1982.
  2. ^ "Epizeuxis". Literary Devices.
  3. ^ Gerard Hauser, Introduction to Rhetorical Theory, Waveland Press, Illinois, 2002.
  4. ^ Goldman, Eric (4 September 2011). "Curb Your Enthusiasm: "Mister Softee" Review".
  5. ^ "Oration of Patrick Pearse". www.easter1916.net.

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