epanorthosis

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἐπανόρθωσις ‎(epanórthōsis, correction)

Noun[edit]

epanorthosis ‎(plural epanothorses)

  1. (rhetoric) A rhetorical device or element in which a speaker or writer retracts a word that has been spoken and substitutes a stronger or more suitable word; often done for emphasis or sarcasm.
    "Most brave! Brave, did I say? most heroic act!" is an example of epanorthosis.