Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An exclamation or reflection used to summarise or round off an argument or discourse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An exclamatory sentence, or striking reflection, which sums up or concludes a discourse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In rhetoric, a sentence (that is, a general observation or striking reflection) subjoined to a descriptive, narrative, argumentative, or other passage, or at the end of a whole discourse, to confirm, sum up, or conclude it.

Etymologies

From Latin epiphonema, from Ancient Greek ἐπιφώνημα (epiphōnēma), from ἐπιφωνείν (epiphōnein, "call to"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This explains that famous exclamation of a Parisian gamin, a profound epiphonema, which the vulgar herd laughs at without comprehending, — Dieu de

    Les Miserables

  • Hm. Some terms from classical rhetoric involving the canon of arrangement: dispositio taxis enumeratio merismus catacosmesis chiasmus digressio epiphonema (my personal favorite) complexio

    Names are important « Dyepot, Teapot

  • Realme, I meane the renoumed Erle of Essex, and the right honorable the lord Charles Howard, lord high Admirall of England, made 1596. vnto the strong citie of Cadiz, I haue set downe as a double epiphonema to conclude this my first volume withall.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • Of the same kind was that late dreadful epiphonema [21] of a despairing Italian, related by Mersennus,

    A Dissertation on Divine Justice

  • An epiphonema reminds at last every one that the good and the wicked shall receive the retribution each has merited.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • This explains that famous exclamation of a Parisian gamin, a profound epiphonema, which the vulgar herd laughs at without comprehending, -- Dieu de Dieu!

    Les Miserables, Volume III, Marius

  • And for a concluding epiphonema, it is said of them in the last verse, that knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in those that do them.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. VII.

  • An excellent discourse whereof, as likewise of the honourable expedition vnder two of the most noble and valiant peeres of this Realme, I meane the renoumed Erle of Essex, and the right honorable the lord Charles Howard, lord high Admirall of England, made 1596. vnto the strong citie of Cadiz, I haue set downe as a double epiphonema to conclude this my first volume withall.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation — Volume 01

  • "thorn-crackling" and a little forced, the thing ends with the famous and magnificent _epiphonema_ (as they would have said in the old days) to Oxford, which must for ever conciliate all sons of hers and all gracious outsiders to its author, just as it turns generation after generation of her enemies sick with an agonised grin.

    Matthew Arnold

  • He would break off in the midst of one of his frequent disputes on the subject of names, and “in a spirited epiphonema, or rather erotesis,” demand of his antagonist “whether he would take upon him to say he had ever remembered, whether he had ever read, or whether he had ever heard tell of a man called Tristram performing anything great or worth recording.

    Sterne

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