Definitions

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  • n. A rhetorical figure in which several things are mentioned that seem to make against the argument, or in favour of the opposing side, and then they are refuted one by one.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A figure in which several things are mentioned that seem to make against the argument, or in favor of the opposite side, each of them being refuted in order.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In rhetoric, a figure in which several things are mentioned that seem to make against the argument or in favor of the opposite side, but each of which is refuted in order.

Etymologies

Ancient Greek a throwing under, a suggesting. (Wiktionary)

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  • This is a moderately decent word.

    September 7, 2007

  • hypobole--to ridiculously understate...referring to the Vietnam War as "somewhat ill-conceived"

    September 7, 2007