Dicaeologia (di-kay-o-lo’-gi-a): Admitting what’s charged against one, but excusing it by necessity.

You: Yes, I took your golf shoes. Otherwise I couldn’t have played in the tournament, come in first, and won $600.00. I’ll go get your shoes out of my car. Please let me give you $100 for bringing me luck. It’s the least I can do.

Me: Your so-called “borrowing” is actually stealing. Give me all of the prize money and I won’t turn you in to the police. Those shoes are custom made and cost nearly $1,000. Taking them without my permission (given their value) is a felony.

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

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