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tricolon

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

A tricolon (pl. tricola) is a sentence with three clearly defined parts (cola) of equal length, usually independent clauses and of increasing power.

Veni, vidi, vici

— (Julius Caesar)
“I came; I saw; I conquered.”

Etymology:

From the Greek, “three” + “unit”

Examples:

  • “I require three things in a man. He must be handsome, ruthless, and stupid.”
    (Dorothy Parker)
  • “You are talking to a man who has laughed in the face of death, sneered at doom, and chuckled at catastrophe.”
    (The Wizard in The Wizard of Oz, 1939)
  • “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
    (Benjamin Franklin)

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