Enumeratio: Figure of amplification in which a subject is divided into constituent parts or details, and may include a listing of causes, effects, problems, solutions, conditions, and consequences; the listing or detailing of the parts of something.

 

 

Examples  

"Much will be said about my father the man, the storyteller, the lover of costume parties, a practical joker, the accomplished painter. He was a lover of everything French: cheese, wine, and women. He was a mountain climber, navigator, skipper, tactician, airplane pilot, rodeo rider, ski jumper, dog lover, and all-around adventurer. Our family vacations left us all injured and exhausted. He was a dinner table debater and devil's advocate. He was an Irishman, and a proud member of the Democratic Party."

-- Ted Kennedy, Jr., Eulogy for Ted Kennedy, Sr.

"We formed in 1979, June, in Washington D.C. the Moral Majority, with a handful of people...which has grown now to over a hundred thousand priests and rabbis and pastors and blacks and whites and young and old and all kinds. Catholics are the largest part of the constituency -- 30% -- because of our strong pro-life emphasis."

-- Jerry Falwell, The Role of Religion in Politics

Here the enumeratio is found in the listing of the parts of the Moral Majority

Note: Can you spot the polysyndeton?

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"It is true that this international union is a strong, militant organization. This international union is comprised of 17 trade divisions, an executive board of 15 individuals, 13 Vice Presidents...."

-- Jimmy Hoffa, 1962 Address at Harvard University

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Kramer: "Who's gonna turn down a Junior Mint? It's chocolate; it's peppermint; it's delicious."

Seinfeld: "That's true."

Kramer: "It's very refreshing!"

  -- from the TV sitcom Seinfeld

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"But, I think that any ontological history of our selves has to analyze three sets of relations: our relations to truth; our relations to obligations; our relations to ourselves and to the others."

-- Michel Foucault, UC Berkeley Lecture "The Culture of the Self"

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"Together, Kennedy/Kerry have opposed the very weapons systems that won the Cold War and that are now winning the war on terror.

- The B-1 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, dropped 40% of the bombs in the first six months of [Operation] Enduring Freedom.

- The B-2 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, delivered air strikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Hussein's command post in Iraq.

- The F-14A Tomcats, that Senator Kerry opposed, shot down Khadafi's Libyan MIGs over the Gulf of Sidra.

- The modernized F-14D, that Senator Kerry opposed, delivered missile strikes against Tora Bora.

- The Apache helicopter, that Senator Kerry opposed, took out those Republican Guard tanks in Kuwait in the Gulf War.

- The F-15 Eagles, that Senator Kerry opposed, flew cover over our Nation's Capital and this very city after 9/11."

-- Zell Miller, 2004 Republican National Convention Address

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"For the first time in history, people of Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant faiths are standing side by side and working in closest cooperation for the great common cause. The seven organizations included in the campaign -- namely, the Young Men's Christian Association, the Young Women's Christian Association, the National Catholic War Council, the Jewish Welfare Board, the War Camp Community Service, the American Library Association, and the Salvation Army -- are authorized by the Secretary of War and the Secretary of the Navy to work for the soldiers and [unintelligible] in and near the camp."

-- John D. Rockefeller, Jr., United War Work Campaign Address

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"Brian was an amazing man. And I say that not just because he was family. Many people thought he was almost super human. After his death, we visited his former duty stations in Arizona. Each time we met one of his fellow agents, they spoke of how impressed they were him. He was what we expect in our brothers and sons: a strong, competitive, handsome, courageous, funny, and incredibly patriotic American."

- Robert Heyer, Statement to Congress on Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry

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"Offensive line coach, Jim Myers: He built an offensive line that was unmatched. And today I cannot accept this honor without bringing Coach Myers and his offensive line into the Hall with me. And that line consists of John Fitzgerald, and Tony Liscio, and Dave Manders, and Ralph Neely, John Niland and Blaine Nye."

-- Larry Rayfield Wright, Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Address

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"The Equal Rights Amendment was first introduced into Congress in 1923. It was born in the era of women's suffrage amendment. I'll recite it for you in case you don't know it by heart. It says, 'Equality of life under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.' Section II says 'Congress will have the power to enforce by appropriate legislation the provisions of this Article.'  And Section III has it going into effect within two years."

-- Phyllis Schlafly, The ERA -- is there a future?

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"These abuses have continued because, for too long, the history of women has been a history of silence. Even today, there are those who are trying to silence our words. But the voices of this conference and of the women at Huairou must be heard loudly and clearly:

- It is a violation of human rights when babies are denied food, or drowned, or suffocated, or their spines broken, simply because they are born girls.

- It is a violation of human rights when women and girls are sold into the slavery of prostitution for human greed -- and the kinds of reasons that are used to justify this practice should no longer be tolerated.

- It is a violation of human rights when women are doused with gasoline, set on fire, and burned to death because their marriage dowries are deemed too small.

- It is a violation of human rights when individual women are raped in their own communities and when thousands of women are subjected to rape as a tactic or prize of war.

- It is a violation of human rights when a leading cause of death worldwide among women ages 14 to 44 is the violence they are subjected to in their own homes by their own relatives.

- It is a violation of human rights when young girls are brutalized by the painful and degrading practice of genital mutilation.

- It is a violation of human rights when women are denied the right to plan their own families, and that includes being forced to have abortions or being sterilized against their will."

-- Hillary Clinton, Women's Rights are Human Rights

"Since our founding, American Muslims have enriched the United States. They have fought in our wars; they have served in our government; they have stood for civil rights; they have started businesses; they have taught at our universities; they've excelled in our sports arenas; they've won Nobel Prizes, built our tallest building, and lit the Olympic Torch."

-- Barack Obama, Speech at Cairo University

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"God's desire is for transformation: changed lives, changed minds, changed laws, changed social orders and changed hearts in a changed world. This principle of transformation is at the heart of the prophetic theology of the black church. These two foci of liberation and transformation have been at the very core of the black religious experience from the days of David Walker, Harriet Tubman, Richard Allen, Jarena Lee, Bishop Henry McNeal Turner, and Sojourner Truth through the days of Adam Clayton Powell, Ida B. Wells, Dr. Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Barbara Jordan, Cornel West, and Fannie Lou Hamer."

-- Jeremiah Wright, Address to the National Press Club

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"The terrorist threat to our nation did not emerge on September 11th, 2001. Long before that day, radical, freedom-hating terrorists declared war on America and on the civilized world: the attack on the Marine barracks in Lebanon in 1983, the hijacking of the Achille Lauro in 1985, the rise of al-Qaida and the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, the attacks on American installations in Saudi Arabia in 1995 and 1996, the East Africa [embassy] bombings of 1998, the attack on the USS Cole in 2000. These and other atrocities were part of a sustained, systematic campaign to spread devastation and chaos and to murder innocent Americans."

-- Condoleezza Rice - 9/11 Commission Hearing Statement

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