Epizeuxis Examples


When words or phrases are repeated for emphasis, or out of anger or excitement, it is called epizeuxis.

Examples of Epizeuxis:

He was late! Late, I tell you!

A ring! A ring! You got me a ring!

I hate it! Hate, hate, hate, hate, hate it!!

Examples of Epizeuxis from Literature and Speech

From Shakespeare's King Lear:

And my poor fool is hanged! No, no, no life!

Why should a dog, a horse, a rat have life,

And thou no breath at all? Thou'lt come no more,

Never, never, never, never!

From Shakespeare's MacBeth:

She should have died hereafter.

There would have been a time for such a word.

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day

To the last syllable of recorded time,

And all our yesterdays have lighted fools

The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

From Monty Python:

Waitress: Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Bloody vikings. You can't have egg, bacon, Spam and sausage without the Spam.

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