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What is auxesis?



Auxesis is an exaggeration of the importance of a referent by the use of a referring expression that is disproportionate to it.

Example (English)
  • Referring to a scratch as a wound.
  • Generic
      Auxesis is a kind of

    Corbett 1971:487

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