Pysma (pys’-ma): The asking of multiple questions successively (which would together require a complex reply). A rhetorical use of the question.
Me: How much do you love me? What are our prospects for the future? Would we have children? When would I meet your parents?
You: How did you find me? How did you get in here? What about the order of protection? What about the time you spent jail? Get back, this thing will knock you on your ass. I’m calling the police.
Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)
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