- (rhetoric) A figure of speech whereby a question is asked in confident expectation of a negative answer.
Etymology: From Latin, erotesis, from Ancient Greek (polytonic, á), from (polytonic, á) "to question".
- 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,
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