Bad, terrible, devastating [a rhetoric?]

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tobegood

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Mandarin-Cantonese
It's bad, terrible, devastating.

Is the above sentence some kind of rhetoric, considering the escalation of syllable and length of the three adjectives? If so, what is it called?

Thanks! :)
 
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  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    Personally, I see the escalation in the increasing severity of the descriptions, not the number of their syllables, although I don't suppose that hurts anything. Also, the word is devastating. :)
     

    tobegood

    Senior Member
    Mandarin-Cantonese
    Personally, I see the escalation in the increasing severity of the descriptions, not the number of their syllables, although I don't suppose that hurts anything. Also, the word is devastating. :)
    Thank you Copyright. I agree with you. It is the severity of the descriptions that increases.
     

    Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    I would call it a 'tricolon crescens':
    "an ascending tricolon – a combination of three elements increasing in size."​

    Source: Latina ad Vitam "Poetry Device of the Day: Tricolon Crescens" (Tuesday, February 13, 2007)
     
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