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po-lyp-to'-ton / From Greek: poly, "many" and ptotos, "falling" or ptosis, "[grammatical] case"
Also known as: paragmenon, traductio, adnominatio, the tranlacer, many inflections

Repeating a word, but in a different form. Using a cognate of a given word in close proximity.


With eager feeding food doth choke the feeder.
—John of Gaunt in Shakespeare's Richard II 2.1.37

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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.