Definitions for ecphonesis
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an exclamatory rhetorical device
"O tempore! O mores"
Origin: From ἐκφώνησις
an animated or passionate exclamation
Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. . See Ecphonema.]
An ecphonesis is an emotional, exclamatory phrase used in poetry, drama, or song. It is a rhetorical device that originated in ancient literature. The word itself is of Greek origin. Examples: ⁕"O tempora! O mores!" ⁕"Young man!" from the song YMCA by the Village People In the Eastern Orthodox Church an ecphonesis is a liturgical exclamation chanted aloud by a priest or deacon as part of a litany or at the end of a prayer. The ekphonesis is distinguished from the portions that are to be said silently.
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