Rhetorical Analysis Word Bank

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RHETORICAL ANALYSIS ESSAY
Transition Words:
Furthermore, in addition, similarly, first of all, to being with, at the same time, later on, next,
simultaneously, afterward, in conclusion, for instance, in particular, namely, particularly, including,
specifically, etc.
Introducing Quotes:
The Speaker, author, etc. – notes, believes, observes, comments, relates, declares, remarks,
discussion, reports, explains, reveals, expresses, mentions, acknowledges, suggests, responds, etc.
Tone Words:
Accusatory, Admiring, Aggressive, Amused, Apologetic, Appreciative, Compassionate,
Condescending, Disapproving, Enthusiastic, Gentle, Humorous, Informative, Inspirational, LightHearted, Optimistic, Persuasive, Restrained, Satirical, Sarcastic
Analysis Verbs:
Accentuates, Compares, Contrasts, Conveys, Creates, Depicts, Describes, Reveals, Establishes,
Informs, Portrays, Reinforces, Reveals, etc.
APPEALS
Ethos
Credibility, Integrity, Sincerity, Reliability, Trustworthy, Believable, Author’s profession /
background, Author’s publication, fair-minded, knowledgeable, Morally / ethically likeable,
Appropriate language
Pathos
Sympathy, Curious, Urgency, Confusion, Helpless, Anger, Satisfied, Happy, Inspired, Calm,
Sadness, Worried
Logos
Logic, Facts, Evidence, Statistics, Examples, Citations from experts & authorities, Informed
opinions, Real life examples
Rhetorical Devices:
Diction, Syntax, Metaphor, Simile, Alliteration, Allusion, Anecdote, Euphemism, Flashback,
Foreshadowing, Hyperbole, Metonymy, Motif, Onomatopoeia, Parallelism, Personification, Point of
View, Repetition, Rhetorical Question, Symbolism, Antithesis, Juxtaposition, Paradox, Oxymoron,
Irony
Concluding Transition Words:
Finally, in a word, in brief, briefly, in the end, in the final analysis, on the whole, thus, to conclude, to
summarize, in sum, to sum up, in summary
From 2017 University of Maryland Writing Project - Jen Soykan
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