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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.

a fortiori

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2016
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Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
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392 words

...of logic, according to this writer, because if a person can take another life, surely one can take one's own.) • “Indeed, human bloodshed even by an animal must be avenged, and, a fortiori , bloodshed by a man's own brother—a clear reference to Cain and Abel.” Leon R. Kass , “A Genealogy of Justice,” Commentary , July 1996 , at 44. (The argument is by greater force of logic because human bloodshed by a brother is more reprehensible.) The phrase is used illogically when the proposition following a fortiori is no stronger than the one preceding it—e.g.:...

a fortiori

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2013
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... fortiori • panfry • certiorari • spray-dry • papyri • a fortiori , a posteriori, a priori, memento mori, sori, thesauri, tori • outcry • blow-dry • samurai • caravanserai •...

a fortiori

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English

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2002
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15 words

... fortiori adverb phrase E17 Latin . With yet stronger reason; more conclusively; even more...

a fortiori

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Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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...a fortiori . Literally ‘from yet firmer (argument)’, i.e. with yet stronger reason, more conclusively , a term used first in logic and then generally, introducing a fact that, if another fact already accepted is true, must also and still more obviously be true ( It could not have been finished in a week; a fortiori not in a day ). Pronounced /eɪ fɔːtɪˈɔːrʌɪ/ (ay for-ti- aw -ry)...

Tacit Dimension, the

Tacit Dimension, the   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Rhetoric

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2006
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Language reference, Linguistics
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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

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Encyclopedia of Rhetoric

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2006
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Language reference, Linguistics
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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...

a posteriori

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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... posteriori • panfry • certiorari • spray-dry • papyri • a fortiori , a posteriori, a priori, memento mori, sori, thesauri, tori • outcry • blow-dry • samurai • caravanserai •...

a priori

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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... priori • panfry • certiorari • spray-dry • papyri • a fortiori , a posteriori, a priori, memento mori, sori, thesauri, tori • outcry • blow-dry • samurai • caravanserai •...

panfry

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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...• panfry • certiorari • spray-dry • papyri • a fortiori , a posteriori, a priori, memento mori, sori, thesauri, tori • outcry • blow-dry • samurai • caravanserai •...

papyri

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2013
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...• panfry • certiorari • spray-dry • papyri • a fortiori , a posteriori, a priori, memento mori, sori, thesauri, tori • outcry • blow-dry • samurai • caravanserai •...

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