Daily Archives: April 2, 2008

Affirmatio

Affirmatio (af’-fir-ma’-ti-o): A general figure of emphasis that describes when one states something as though it had been in dispute or in answer to a question, though it has not been.

It’s true that he’s ahead in the popular vote.  It’s true that he has more delegates committed to his nomination. Yes indeed, he appears to be winning. Why would anybody ask?

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).