rhopalic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin rhopalicus, from Ancient Greek.

Adjective[edit]

rhopalic (comparative more rhopalic, superlative most rhopalic)

  1. (poetry, rhetoric) Having each successive word longer by a letter or syllable.
    • 1986 October 26, Alan Truscott, “Talking About Behavior”, The New York Times:
      Soapy fired off a rhopalic sentence, that is, one in which each word is one letter longer than the word that precedes it: "I am the only dummy player, perhaps, planning maneuvers calculated brilliantly, nevertheless outstandingly pachydermatous, notwithstanding unconstitutional unprofessionalism."