Figure Name categoria
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Peacham (1593)
Earliest Source None
Synonyms accusatio, criminis reprehensio
Etymology Gk. “accusation, charge”
Type Chroma
Linguistic Domain Semantic

Rhetfig: A direct addressing of an opponent's flaws.

1. Opening the secret wickedness of one's adversary before his face. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Categoria, in Latine Accusatio, or Criminis reprehensio, is a forme of speech by which the speaker openeth and detecteth some secret wickednesse of his adversayr, and laieth it open before his face. (Peacham)


1. Will you deny your late night trysts with that man's wife? Shall we discuss your incessant drinking? Your shady business deals? (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. An example of Christ detecting Judas: “He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, he shall betray me.” Mat.26.23. (Peacham)

2. Another of Paul accusing Elymas the sorcerer, saying: “O full of all subtiltie and all mischiefe, thou childe of the divel, and enemie of all righteousnesse, wilt thou not cease to pervert the strait waies of the Lord?” Act.13.10 (Peacham)

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Last Editor Zack Mellen
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