auxesis auxesis
 ok-see'-sis Gk. "increase, amplification"
the avancer

  1. Arranging words or clauses in a sequence of increasing force. In this sense, auxesis is comparable to climax and has sometimes been called incrementum.
  2. A figure of speech in which something is referred to in terms disproportionately large (a kind of exaggeration or hyperbole).
  3. Amplification in general.
  This figure (in its second meaning) is often paired with its opposite, meiosis.
  Said of a scratch:
Look at this wound!
Related Figures
  • Figures of Definition
    In its second definition, auxesis functions as a kind of redefinition, associating it generally with the topic of invention Definition.
  • hyperbole
  • meiosis
    The opposite of auxesis (2)—referring to something with a name disproportionately lesser than its nature.
  • Figures of Amplification
  Sources: Quintilian 8.4.3 ("incrementum"); Melanch. ER D4r; Peacham (1577) N4r (#2); Putt. (1589) 226 (#1—"auxesis," "the avancer"); Day 1599 91 (#1—"auxesis," "incrementum")

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