Apophasis (a-pof’-a-sis): The rejection of several reasons why a thing should or should not be done and affirming a single one, considered most valid.

Should I wear a mask?

1. No–It makes my face sore!

2. No–It curtails my breathing. Did you hear? 100s of people are suffocating.

3. No–they are too expensive—five dollars for a twenty-pack.

4. No–I am an immature bozo and don’t like people bossing me around.

5. They are against my freedom of speech.

On the other hand, they save lives and slow the disease’s spread. I guess I’ll get one of the cool-looking black ones like movie stars wear!

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

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