As a general strategy of rhetoric, omission occurs on many
levels of language. On a large scale, it is associated with the rhetorical
exercise known as abbreviation. On a smaller scale, there are numerous
rhetorical schemes (unusual arrangements of words or clauses) and rhetorical
tropes (unusual uses of words) based on omission of one sort or another:
Related Figures: Schemes Based on Omission
Omission of a word or words readily implied by context.
Omission of conjunctions between a series of clauses.
Omission of conjunctions between a series of words.
Related Figures: Tropes Based on Omission
The omission of a letter or syllable at the end of a word
The omission of a letter or syllable at the beginning of a word.
Cutting letters or syllables from the middle of a word.
Omitting one of two vowels which occur together at the end of one word
and the beginning of another.
Using a remark or an image which calls upon the audience to draw an
obvious conclusion. Omission of a stated conclusion.