Destructive sorties


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Destructive sorties (Logic) a process of reasoning which involves the denial of the first of a series of dependent propositions as a consequence of the denial of the last; a species of reductio ad absurdum.
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In literature:

Moreover, the idea of the sortie which has freed us of them and saved the town from destruction was entirely yours.
"The Lion of the North" by G.A. Henty