Scesis Onomaton (skee'-sis-ah-no-maw-ton): Figure of repetition in which a set of two or more different words having the same (or very nearly the same) meaning occurs within the same sentence; a successive series of words or phrases whose meanings are generally equivalent.

Ex: "America is all about opportunity.  That's why my parents came to America more than 40 years ago. And that's why most of your parents came here generations ago in search of an opportunity, a chance, a fair shake." -- Bobby Jindal, Second Gubernatorial Inaugural Address

 

 

Examples
C: Look, matee, this parrot wouldn't "voom" if I put 4000 volts through it. It's bleeding demised!

O: It's not. It's -- It's pining!

C: It's not pining! It's passed on! This parrot is no more! It has ceased to be! It's expired and gone to meet its maker! This is a late parrot!! It's a stiff! Bereft of life, it rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed it to the perch it would be pushing up the daisies! It's run down the curtain and joined the choir invisible!! This is an EX-PARROT!

O: Well, I'd better replace it, then.

-- Monty Python, Dead Parrot Sketch

"Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters."

-- Isaiah 1:4, KJV

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"Let there be no illusions about the difficulty of forming this kind of a national community. It's tough, difficult, not easy. But a spirit of harmony will survive in America only if each of us remembers that we share a common destiny"

-- Barbara Jordan, 1976 DNC Keynote Address

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Finnegan O'Neil: Why are you in a wheelchair?

Monte Wildhorn: Can you keep a secret?

Finnegan O'Neil: Even if they torture me.

Monte Wildhorn: I'm attempting to defraud the Liberty Mutual Insurance conglomerate out of a million dollars.

Finnegan O'Neil: What's "defraud?"

Monte Wildhorn: Cheat. Snooker. Fleece. Bamboozle.

Finnegan O'Neil: So, you can walk?

Monte Wildhorn: I can run. But I have to be careful. I mean, if those Liberty Mutual boys catch me while I'm out for a quick jog, it's all over. I can kiss that million bucks goodbye and say hello to Yuma State Prison.

Finnegan O'Neil: You could go to jail?

Monte Wildhorn: Oh, yeah. But, what's jail? As John Milton once said, "The mind it its own place."

-- delivered by Morgan Freeman and Emma Fuhrmann (from the movie The Magic of Belle Isle)

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"Every time you break the seal on that liquor bottle, that's a Government seal you're breaking! Oh, I say and I say it again, ya been had! Ya been took! Ya been hoodwinked! Bamboozled! Led astray! Run amok! This is what He does."

-- delivered by Denzel Washington (from the movie Malcolm X)

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"In Isaiah [9:6]: 'For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.'"
 
-- Mike Harper, KVNE Radio (Tyler, TX)
 
Note: Can you spot the asyndeton?

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"But four years ago Jimmy Swaggart said this about me. He said, "This here song by The Police, 'Murder by Numbers', was written by Satan, performed by the Sons of Satan -- Beelzebub, Lucifer, The Horned One." 

-- Sting (live with Frank Zappa in Concert)

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(On Being a Lame Duck President)

"I'm a "leadership of the free world" duck. And I'm continuing to spread our agenda globally, and around the world, as well as internationally."

-- George W. Bush, 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner

"For whatever reasons, Ray, call it fate; call it luck; call it karma. I believe that everything happens for a reason."

-- delivered by Bill Murray (from the movie Ghost Busters)

Note: Can you spot the anaphora?

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"Friends. Countrymen. Russians!"

-- delivered by Rade Serbedzija (from the movie The Saint)

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Louis:  “Hey, ah, where’s your phone?”

Outback Bartender:  “Around near the dunnies.”

Louis:  “You guys have a Denny’s?”

Outback Bartender:  “No, the dunny. The bog trough? The long drop? The thunderbox?”

Louis:  “You know what, um?  I’m just gonna look for it by the bathroom.”

-- delivered by Anthony Anderson & Emma Jane Fowler (from the movie Kangaroo Jack)

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"There is no room in this country for any flag except our own. There is no room for the red flag. It is opposed to everything our government stands for. It stands for anarchy, chaos, and ruin. Smash it."

-- Leonard Wood

Note: Can you spot the anaphora and the anadiplosis?

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"Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So, we'll hunt him...because he can take it...because he's not our hero. He's a Silent Guardian, a Watchful Protector, a Dark Knight."

delivered by Gary Oldman (from the movie The Dark Knight)

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