Latin. n. Rhetorical figure (gradual increase in force of expression), (also gradatio).
- n. Upward movement; steady increase; gradation; ascent.
- (Rhet.) A figure in which the parts of a sentence or paragraph are so arranged that each succeeding one rises above its predecessor in impressiveness. The highest point; the greatest degree. To cap the climax, to surpass everything, as in excellence or in absurdity.