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To this end, the closing chapters of the book meticulously catalog Hobbes's employment in the Leviathan of the tropes of irony, sarcasm, aestismus (inherently ambiguous descriptions of adversaries), and diasyrmus (likening one argument to another of patent absurdity), as well as a host of figures of speech, principally antithesis, epanaphora, dubitatio, epanodos, percontatio, apodioxis, meiosis, litotes, and tapinosis.