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Aphesis is the loss of an unstressed initial vowel. “And so far blameless proves my enterprise / That I have ’nointed an Athenian’s eyes.” Midsummer Night's Dream, 3.2.368See apocope, in which the last syllable is dropped; and syncope, in which the middle syllable is dropped.

Aphesis is an example of:

Adieu, adieu, adieu. Remember me

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Adieu, adieu, adieu.Epizeuxis Remember me.
 He exits.
O all you host of heaven! O Earth!Anapodotons & Apostrophes What else?
And shall I couple hell?Pysma
O fie! Hold, hold, my heart,
And you, my sinews, grow not instant old,

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This is thy negligence

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Oberon, to Robin
This is thy negligence. Still thou mistak’st,
Or else committ’st thy knaveries willfully.
Believe me, king of shadows, I mistook.
Did not you tell me I should know the man
By the Athenian garments he had on?
And so far blameless proves my enterprise
That I have ’nointed an Athenian’s eyesAphesis;
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Act 3
Scene 2
Line 366

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