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Auxesis (from the Greek: αὔξησις, aúxēsis, "increase") is a form of hyperbole, in which something is referred to by a term disproportionate to its importance for the very purpose of amplifying that thing's importance or gravity.

It can be contrasted with meiosis and litotes, which make deliberate use of understatement.[1]


aux·esis (ôks ē′sis) noun

The process of cell growth caused by the increase of cell volume prior to cell division [2]

Etymology

ModL < Gr auxēsis, growth < auxein, to increase

Examples

  • A lawyer may refer to a scratch as a "wound" or "laceration."
  • A book may be referred to as a "volume" or "tome."
  • Referring to a film as a "drama" or an "epic," when the intent is to lend a sense of importance or majesty.
  • Calling the body of work that a newcomer has produced in a field a literary canon.

References

  1. Corbett, Edward P.J. Classical Rhetoric for the Modern Student. Oxford University Press, New York, 1971.
  2. auxetic. (2009). In Webster's New World College Dictionary. Retrieved August 8th, 2009, from www.yourdictionary.com/auxetic

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English

Noun

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Singular
auxesis

Plural
auxeses

auxesis (plural auxeses)

  1. (linguistics) A form of hyperbole in which the meaning of something is amplified
  2. (biology) The growth of an organism without cell division







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