Anesis (an-NEE-sis):  A figure of addition that occurs when a concluding sentence, clause, or phrase is added to a statement which intentionally (or unintentionally) diminishes the effect (positively or negatively) of what has been previously stated.

Examples

"We are here today and have been this week for one single reason -- because the Soviet Union secretly introduced this menacing offensive military buildup into the island of Cuba while assuring the world that nothing was further from their thoughts. The argument, in its essence, of the Soviet Union is that it was not the Soviet Union which created this threat to peace by secretly installing these weapons in Cuba, but that it was the United States which created this crisis by discovering and reporting these installations. This is the first time, I confess, that I have ever heard it said that the crime is not the burglar but the discovery of the burglar."

-- Adlai Stevenson, Address to the United Nations Security Council on Soviet Missiles in Cuba

"Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honorable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valor, but he was a leper.”

-- II Kings 5:1

Helen Parr/Elastigirl: Now, it's perfectly normal for you....

Violet Parr: Normal? What do you know about normal? What does anyone in this family know about normal?

Helen Parr/Elastigirl: Now wait a minute, young lady.

Violet Parr: We act normal, Mom. I wanna BE normal! The only normal one is Jack Jack, and he's not even toilet trained!!

Jack Jack Parr: [gushing unintelligible amusement]

-- delivered by Sarah Vowell and Holly Hunter (from the movie The Incredibles)

"This year's space budget is three times what it was in January 1961, and it is greater than the space budget of the previous eight years combined. That budget now stands at 5 billion, 400 million dollars a year -- a staggering sum, though somewhat less than we pay for cigarettes and cigars every year."

-- John F. Kennedy, Rice University Address on Space Exploration

“Democracies can't function without a strong relationship between a free and independent press, and a transparent and accountable government. I'm continually impressed by the serious coverage, and the wide variety of media outlets that exist here in Japan. And one of the good things is that, unlike at home, I can't understand most of what you say."

-- Caroline Kennedy, Address at the National Press Club of Japan

Mulan: “Maybe I didn’t go for my father. Maybe what I really wanted was to prove I could do things right, so when I looked in the mirror I’d see someone worthwhile. But I was wrong: I see nothing.”

-- delivered by Ming-Na (from the movie Mulan)

Josh Lyman: "Your political life is over. It was over the day you resigned the vice presidency. Your delegates are going to rush to the nearest life boat after the first ballot. And there's not going to be a cabinet post or an ambassadorship coming your way either. Your indiscretion saw to that. But your years of governmental service, your connections and experience can be invaluable to the party and to the country -- party elder."

-- delivered by Bradley Whitford (from the TV series The West Wing, Season 5, Ep. 22.

Lt. Col Hal Moore: "When Crazy Horse was a baby, he nursed from the breasts of every woman in the tribe. The Sioux raise their children that way. Every warrior called every woman in the tribe, "Mother." Every older warrior, they called him "Grandfather." Now the point here is that they fought as a family. Take care of your men. Teach them to take care of each other. 'Cause when this starts [combat against the enemy], 'each other' is all we're gonna have."

Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley: "Any of you son-of-bitches calls me "grandpa" -- I'll kill ya."

-- delivered by Mel Gibson and Sam Elliot (from the movie We Were Soldiers)

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