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epizeuxis

[ ep-i-zook-sis ]
/ ˌɛp ɪˈzuk sɪs /
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noun Rhetoric.
a literary or rhetorical device that appeals to or invokes the reader’s or listener’s emotions through the repetition of words or phrases in quick succession, as in “Threaten me all you want, I won’t do it. I won’t! I won’t! I won’t!”
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Origin of epizeuxis

First recorded in 1580–90; from New Latin, from Greek epízeuxis “fastening together, joining, repetition (of words),” equivalent to prefix epi- and zeûxis “yoking (of oxen), joining,” verbal noun from zeugnýnai “to yoke, join”; see origin at epi-; see also hypozeuxis, yoke1
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