figures of omission
figures of speech
groupings index

Many figures occur due to various sorts of omissions or subtractions:


  • aphaeresis
    The omission of a syllable or letter at the beginning of a word.
  • apocope
    The omission of a letter or syllable at the end of a word
  • asyndeton
    The omission of conjunctions between clauses.
  • brachylogia
    The absence of conjunctions between single words.
  • ellipsis
    Omission of a word or short phrase easily understood in context.
  • ecthlipsis
    The omission of letters or syllables for the sake of poetical meter.
  • synaloepha
    Omitting one of two vowels which occur together at the end of one word and the beginning of another.
  • synaeresis
    When two syllables are contracted into one.
  • syncope
    Cutting letters or syllables from the middle of a word.

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