Complete Definition of "erotesis"

English

Etymology
From LL. #Latin|erotesis, from AGr. polytonic|ἐρώτησις, from polytonic|ἔρωταν ‘to question’.

Pronunciation
IPA|/ɛrəˈtiːsɪs/

Noun
en-noun|eroteses

  1. rhetoric A figure of speech whereby a question is asked in confident expectation of a negative answer.

#*1759, Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, Penguin 2003, p. 50:
#*:he would sometimes break off in a sudden and spirited E<span style"font-variant:small-caps;text-transform:lowercase">PIPHONEMA</span>, or rather E<span style"font-variant:small-caps;text-transform:lowercase">ROTESIS</span>, [...] and demand it categorically of his antagonist, Whether he would take it upon him to say, had he ever remember'd,-----whether he had ever read,---or even whether he had ever heard tell of a man, call'd Tristram, performing any thing great or worth recording?

Derived terms
erotetic

ru:erotesis

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