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from Greek: parallelos “side-by-side”

Similarity of structure in a pair or series of related words, phrases, or clauses.


Parallelism of words:

She tried to make her pastry fluffy, sweet, and delicate.

Parallelism of phrases:

Singing a song or writing a poem is joyous.

Parallelism of clauses:

Perch are inexpensive; cod are cheap; trout are abundant; but salmon are best.

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The above information on individual rhetorical techniques is reproduced from the website “Silva Rhetoricae” ( ) under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence. Credit for this content lies with Professor Gideon O Burton of Brigham Young University.