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alliteration (noun) the beginning with the same consonant sound, of the words in a phrase, a clause, or a sentence.

All or most of the words in a phrase, a clause, or a sentence beginning with the same consonant sound is alliteration. It is a stylistic device, that is, a device to make speech or writing effective and interesting. An example of an alliteration is, 'the rugged rascal ran round the rock'.

  • Alliteration in speech or writing has the effect of arresting the attention of the listeners or the readers, but too much of it tends to make the speech or the writing monotonous and dull.
  • Eighteenth century writers of English literature, especially Dryden and Pope were masters of alliteration.
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