- (poetry, rhetoric) Having each successive word longer by a letter or syllable.
1986 October 26, Alan Truscott, “Talking About Behavior”, in 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."
rhopalic (plural rhopalics)
- A rhopalic poem.