epiplexis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n epiplexis a rhetorical device in which the speaker reproaches the audience in order to incite or convince them
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Epiplexis (Rhet) A figure by which a person seeks to convince and move by an elegant kind of upbraiding.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n epiplexis In rhetoric, the employment of rebuke or reproaches, in order to produce an oratorical effect, as when a speaker seeks to rouse a legislative or popular assembly and impel it to decided action: accounted by some a figure. Also called epitimesis.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., reproof, fr. Gr. , fr. to strike at, reprove; 'epi` + to strike