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’ve seen the evidence. We know the facts. We’ve heard the testimony from a parade of credible witnesses. The consensus is strong. The window of reasonable doubt is closed. Prepare to register your votes for or against the impeachment of Donald John Trump, 45th President of the United States of America.

2. The shining lights. The long shadow of the unbreachable wall. The illegal immigrants thwarted, turning around and going back to where they came from. More jobs for real Americans.  Fewer drugs. Fewer rapes. Fewer robberies. Fewer murders. We’re almost there! A few more billion and we’ll all be safe–free of worry and free of fear! God bless America!

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

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