Is there a word for phrases that have an adverb and an adjective starting with same letter in it?


  • Moderately mindful
  • Brilliantly bold
  • Cunningly clever etc.
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    Note this pattern is adverb and adjective, not two adjectives. (Remember most English adverbs are formed by adding "-ly" to an adjective.)
    – aschepler
    Oct 13, 2021 at 12:40
  • Thank you @aschepler! I'll update the question.
    – kmdhrm
    Oct 13, 2021 at 12:42
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    From the full OED: alliteration, noun: The commencement of adjacent or closely connected words with the same sound or letter; an instance of this. But personally I'd be perfectly happy to see an alliterative used as a noun, reserving the explicitly nouny form alliteration for the process / writing style sense. Oct 13, 2021 at 15:01

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Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

The term is alliteration, but it's not restricted to only two words, or even two adjectives.

Per Merriam & Webster:

alliteration - the repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables (such as wild and woolly, threatening throngs)

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