Definition and Examples of Tricolons in Rhetoric

Another gem from ‘’ that might interest you, as writers. I enjoyed reading these and will think of incorporating a ‘tricolon’ into my writing habits. But , first things first, what is a ‘tricolon’?

A tricolon is a series of three parallel words, phrases, or clauses. Learn more about this term and see examples from famous works.
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20 thoughts on “Definition and Examples of Tricolons in Rhetoric”

    1. Dear Steve and Liz,

      Indeed, tricolon is a good literary device. I recently quoted the following tricolon by Edward O Wilson in my latest post entitled “Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity“:

      The real problem of humanity is the following: we have paleolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology.

      What do you reckon?

      Happy mid-March to you!

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      1. Dear Steve,

        I beg your pardon as my previous comment is meant as a reply to your previous comment here. So, I am repeating it here as follows:

        You are very welcome. I have composed a special post that can increase your prowess as a quotee so that you have a good chance of being quoted. The post is entitled “The Quotation Fallacy” and is quite extensive. I am curious to see what you think or make of it.


      1. Our school district and other suburbs in the area are planning on a hybrid system, two days in school and two days at home. Not sure about the 5th day. Some kids will go Mon/Wed others Tye/Thu. It’s for K thru 12, I believe.

        I assume that there will still be a need for guards. As for me…I’ll send you an email.

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      2. That is much like what many schools here are doing. The ones in bigger areas are opting for distance learning to start. Makes sense. It sounds like you will be at your corner. Lucky kids! I know you’ll be in touch.

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    1. It was easy, just reposting something I read. I’ve been real lazy, or just dumb, ‘cause I’ve only written ONE story this summer. I think unused up all the words I knew 🤪. But, yes, this was nerdy wasn’t it. Very unlike me…I think🤓. Hope you’re having a good summer inspite of the virus. Stay well and keep writing!

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