Procatalepsis (pro-cat-a-lep’-sis): Refuting anticipated objections.
I want to go on a rampage. I’ll do a ‘light’ rampage—not much destruction, maybe a little fire and rock throwing. I know you’re thinking I’ll be arrested. Ha! I’ve got one of those Z masks: the joker is wild. I just take off the mask and nobody will know I was wearing it. Pretty smart, huh? Anyway, if anybody recognizes me, I can hide out at our Country Club—posing as a dishwasher. Oh, by the way, I’m rampaging for a good cause: Stop the Steal. Somebody stole my father’s Rolex right off his wrist! Now he has to go to the trouble of filing an insurance claim. They say he’s hiding it somewhere. That’s enough for a rampage right there! By the way, how do you like my new watch? Coincidentally, it’s a Rolex. Ha ha.
Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).
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