Daily Archives: May 27, 2017

Prolepsis

Prolepsis (pro-lep’-sis):  (1) A synonym for procatalepsis [refuting anticipated objections];  (2) speaking of something future as though already done or existing. A figure of anticipation.

1. We have the money!  We have the desire. We have the power. What’s holding us at bay? Nothing! Let’s do it.

2. The wall is a beautiful thing. I tell you, it keeps out illegal immigrants. It helps make America great again. It symbolizes our resolve. So, let’s set a budget and build it!

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu). Bracketed text added by Gorgias.

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