ak-kum-u-la'-ti-o from L. “to heap up, to amass”

Bringing together various points made throughout a speech and presenting them again in a forceful, climactic way. A blend of summary and climax.
"He [the defendant] is the betrayer of his own self-respect, and the waylayer of the self-respect of others; covetous, intemperate, irascible, arrogant; disloyal to his parents, ungrateful to his friends, troublesome to his kin; insulting to his betters, disdainful of his equals and mates, cruel to his inferiors; in short, he is intolerable to everyone"
Ad Herennium, 4.40.52
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  Sources: Peacham (1577) T3v ("frequentatio")

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