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An Introduction to Acoloutha

Acoloutha is a rhetorical device which consists in the substitution of reciprocal words by replacing a particular word with another whose meaning is close enough to the former; and, that the former could in turn be a substitute for the latter. This term is best understood in relationship to its opposite, anacolouthaOpens in new window.

Examples of Acoloutha

  1. √ Alex ran down the road.
  2. √ Alex hurried down the road.
  1. √ Gretchen hurried to work.
  2. √ Gretchen ran to work.

As observed in the examples above, the key words ‘ran’ and ‘hurried’ both qualifies the same meaning in the sentence where we can picture the urgency characterized by Alex and Gretchen to arrive at their respective destinations as quick as possible.

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