Apodixis (a-po-dix’-is): Proving a statement by referring to common knowledge or general experience.

ME: What?

It’s 23 below zero outside. I don’t have a coat on (my coat’s in the front hall closet). Do you really think I would be outside singing the National Anthem and banging on the windows a little while ago? I would freeze to death.  Here–here’s my coat–feel it–it’s room temperature! I couldn’t have been outside in the past ten minutes. My coat would still be cold.

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

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