General Rhetorical Strategies

As a general strategy for the manipulation of discourse, amplification names

  1. a category of figures (see Figures of Amplification)

  2. a basic method in rhetorical pedagogy, where it is closely associated with the term copia and is often paired with its companion strategy, abbreviation.

  3. a general figure by which any subject matter is expanded upon.

See Also

Sources: Cic. De Or. 3.26.104-3.27.105 Sherry (1550) 70 ("amplificatio"); Peacham (1577) N2r ; Vives ("dilatatio sermonis") 112-117.

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