Apodioxis (ap-o-di-ox’-is): Rejecting of someone or something (such as the adversary’s argument) as being impertinent, needless, absurd, false, or wicked.
I can’t believe what I just heard! You say the death penalty saves money–it’s cheaper than life sentences–we’ll save money on food and “housing” if we take prisoners’ lives–comparing the cost of a lethal injection to the cost of a life sentence as a good reason for supporting the death penalty is absurd–no it’s worse than absurd–it’s downright evil! Let’s just call your so-called argument “accounting gone wild” or “bookkeeping for psychopaths” and move on to something worth talking about–something to the point–something reasonable!
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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)