Figure Name cacemphaton
Source Silva Rhetoricae (
Earliest Source None
Synonyms aischrologia, aeschrologia, aschrologia, cacophonia, scurra, turpiloquum, turpis loquutio
Etymology None
Type Trope
Linguistic Domain Semantic

An expression that is deliberately either foul (such as crude language) or ill-sounding (such as from excessive alliteration).


Quintilian gives the example of using the nominative form of intercapedinis ("interruption"), intercapedo, since its last two syllables (-pedo) could sound like a separate, far different Latin word (pedo, "to break wind")

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Part Of
Related Figures cacozelia, paroemion
Confidence Confident
Last Editor Ashley Rose Kelly
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Editorial Notes
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