catacosmesis catacosmesis
 kat-a-kos-mees'-is from Gk. katakosmeo “to set in order, arrange”

Ordering words from greatest to least in dignity, or in correct order of time.


Sun and moon

Life and death

First he planned the murder; then he carried it out.

Related Figures

  • climax
    This figure is the opposite of catacosmesis: ordering from the least important or to the most (or most affective).
  • anadiplosis
See Also

  Sources: Peacham 118-19 ("catacosmesis" "ordo")

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