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Princeton's WordNet

  1. epanorthosisnoun

    immediate rephrasing for intensification or justification

    "Seems, madam! Nay, it is"


  1. epanorthosisnoun

    A rhetorical device or element in which a speaker or writer retracts a word that has been spoken and substitutes a stronger or more suitable word; often done for emphasis or sarcasm.

    "Most brave! Brave, did I say? most heroic act!" is an example of epanorthosis.

    Etymology: From ἐπανόρθωσις

Webster Dictionary

  1. Epanorthosisnoun

    a figure by which a speaker recalls a word or words, in order to substitute something else stronger or more significant; as, Most brave! Brave, did I say? most heroic act!

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. ; 'epi` + to set right again; again + to set straight.]


  1. Epanorthosis

    An epanorthosis is a figure of speech that signifies emphatic word replacement. The example "thousands, no, millions!" is a stock example. More often, however, epanorthosis signifies immediate and emphatic self-correction, and as such often follows a Freudian slip. Examples: ⁕"The psychologist known as Sigmund Fraud—Freud, I mean!" ⁕"I've been doing this for six weeks!—er, days, that is." ⁕"Man has parted company with his trusty friend the horse and has sailed into the azure with the eagles, eagles being represented by the infernal combustion engine—er er, internal combustion engine. [loud laughter] Internal combustion engine! Engine!" – Winston Churchill Here the words in italics are technically the epanorthoses, although all of the words following the dash may be considered part of the epanorthosis as well. Striking through words is another way of demonstrating the effect. A modern variant is the use of ^H to fake a backspace.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Epanorthosis

    ep-an-or-thō′sis, n. (rhet.) the retracting of a statement in order to correct or intensify it, as 'For Britain's guid! for her destruction!' [Gr.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of epanorthosis in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of epanorthosis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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