synonymia synonymia
 si-no-ni'-mi-a from Gk. syn, "alike" and onoma, "name"
interpretatio, nominis communio
synonymy, the figure of store, the interpreter

In general, the use of several synonyms together to amplify or explain a given subject or term. A kind of repetition that adds emotional force or intellectual clarity. Synonymia often occurs in parallel fashion.
  The Latin synonym, interpretatio, suggests the expository and rational nature of this figure, while another Greek synonym, congeries, suggests the emotive possibilities of this figure.
  The tribune Murellus taunts the Roman populace in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar for their fickleness, calling the people several different pejorative names:

You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things!

Related Figures

See Also
  • Rhetorical Pedagogy: Copia
  Sources: Ad Herennium 4.28.38 ("interpretatio"); Melanch. IR d1r ("interpretatio" "synonymia"); Melanch. ER D4v-E1r ("congeries" "synonymia"); Sherry (1550) 49 ("sinonimia," "nominis communio"); Peacham (1577) P4r; Putt. (1589) 223 ("sinonimia," "the figure of store"); Day 1599 91

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