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  • noun rhetoric A closing of a speech intended to arouse negative emotion toward an accused or an opponent and the actions or proposal at issue.


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  • The book basically pulls together, somewhat edited, his articles from March 2001 to 2004, a period of political stagnation; it's all somewhat dated now, and his casual sexism was not even funny then, but his sæva indignatio at the sectarianism and hypocrisy of all sides in Northern Irish politics is still refreshing and justified.

    World Cup Day 6

  • One of the infamous debate tactics of the broadcast Right Wing Lords of Loud is loud righteous indignatio.


  • Cicero's speeches employ laudatio and vituperatio, in which, among the four virtues, temperantia (with its antitheses) receives by far the greatest attention, not only because accusations of luxuria and avaritia had long proved most effective in arousing indignatio and odium, but also because Cicero sincerely believed that these were the vices most typical of Rome and most dangerous to the welfare of the Republic.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • Juvenal's Si natura negat, facit indignatio versum (“Though nature says no, indignation shapes my poetry”; I, 79) reveals precisely that quality of fury and outrage which drives most satire.


  • The "saeva indignatio" of which he spoke as lacerating his heart, and which he dares to inscribe on his tombstone -- as if the wretch who lay under that stone waiting God's judgment had a right to be angry, -- breaks out from him in a thousand pages of his writing, and tears and rends him.

    Harvard Classics Volume 28 Essays English and American

  • Such diverse writers as Mr. Wells, Mr. Galsworthy, Mr. Granville Barker, Mr. Cunninghame-Graham, Mr. Belloc, and Mr. Chesterton have written books the motives of which have been satire, divine anger, _sæva indignatio_, directed against the established moral codes or intellectual habits of the time.

    Personality in Literature

  • Marce Antoni (cogit enim excedere propositi formam operis erumpens animo ac pectore indignatio): nihil, inquam, egisti; mercedem cælestissimi oris, et clarissimi capitis abscissi numerando; auctoramentoque funebri ad conservatoris quondam reipublicæ tantique consulis irritando necem.

    A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence The Works Of Cornelius Tacitus, Volume 8 (of 8); With An Essay On His Life And Genius, Notes, Supplements

  • And yet one can barely suppress a sigh at all this luxury of levity, when he remembers that dreadful "_Ubi saeva indignatio ulterius cor lacerare nequit_," and reflects upon the hope deferred which vented itself in that stinging couplet, --

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 21, July, 1859

  • 'Ubi saeva indignatio cor ulterius lacerare nequit' (Where fierce indignation can no longer tear his heart).

    A History of English Literature

  • Facit indignatio versum: here is the picture of "The Fine Old English Gentleman of the Present Time" -- in the middle of the Hungry 'Forties: --

    Mr. Punch`s history of modern England, Volume I -- 1841-1857


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