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a fortiori

Subject: Philosophy

(Latin, from the stronger)

Phrase used for ‘all the more’ or ‘even more so’: if all donkeys bray, then a fortiori all young donkeys bray.

Tacit Dimension, the

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Encyclopedia of Rhetoric

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Language reference, Linguistics
Length:
2,064 words

...a suggestion for creating argument. The term is bound up in Aristotle's emphatic insistence that “rhetoric” is not “persuasion” but rather a ground from which in specific cases discourse may begin ( Rhetoric 1.1–2, passim). Argument , as he uses the term, is the fundamental function of rhetoric for Aristotle and topics its creative engine. Although Aristotle seems to give lists that often are taken as topics, I hold that these are a step prior, that a topic cannot occur until one is in a specific argumentative circumstance. Thus, a fortiori is not a...

Declamation

Declamation   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Rhetoric

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Subject Reference
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2006
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Language reference, Linguistics
Length:
1,390 words

...did not appreciate the usefulness of adolescent boys reflecting on stepmothers' actions, on fathers' drastic measures, or on sons' divided loyalties. Nonetheless, extant declamations provide a full course in the figures of ancient rhetoric. [ See Figures of speech .] Imagined dialogue, anticipation of one's opponent's arguments, syllogistic arguments often a fortiori , commonplaces, maxims, descriptions, apostrophē, and prosōpopoeia abound. [ See Apostrophē ; Commonplaces and commonplace books ; Descriptio ; Prosōpopoeia ; and Syllogism .] The...

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