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Cacozelia (Rhetorical vice)


A stylistic affectation of diction, such as throwing in foreign words to appear learned. Del Boy uses this technique a lot!

Cacozelia also involves bad taste in words or selection of metaphor, either to make the facts appear worse or to disgust the auditors.


This is an adultery against the state, to have sex under the trophies of Miltiades. —Seneca

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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.