We must also avoid μείωσις a term applied to
meagreness and inadequacy of expression, although
it is a fault which characterises an obscure style rather
than one which lacks ornament. But meiosis may be
deliberately employed, and is then called a figure,
as also is tautology, which means the repetition of a
word or phrase.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1922.
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