An Introduction to Auxesis
Auxesis (etymologically Greek, literally means “growth,” or “amplification”), entails two contextual definitions.
Firstly — The rhetorical amplification, whereby a grander word is used in place of an ordinary one, to lend a sense of grandeur to the person or the object being amplified.
Basically, this means enlarging the importance of something by referring to it with a disproportionate name. In this instance, the figure is similar to HyperboleOpens in new window — exalting a thing in our conception beyong its natural bounds, and the opposite of meiosisOpens in new window — making a thing appear less than it is by putting a less word for a greater.
In Melville’s “The Paradise of Bachelors,” the narrator refers to a mere waiter as a “field-marshal” and then as “Socrate.” Thus, a gallant man becomes a “prince” or a virtuous man a “saint,” a fair virgin an “angel,” good music “heavenly harmony.”
Secondly — Words or clausesOpens in new window placed in a climactic order that is, — ascending one above another in respect of importance, by setting the greatest last: