Figure Name accismus
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Bullinger (1898) ("accismus; or, apparent refusal")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms apparent refusal
Etymology ac-cis'-mus "a cutting all but through" from Latin accido
Type Chroma
Linguistic Domain Semantic

Rhetfig: A false refusal of that which is desired.

1. A feigned refusal of that which is earnestly desired. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. This Figure is so named because it is an apparent or assumed refusal. (Bullinger, 929)


1. I couldn't possibly take such charity from you. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Matt. 15:22-26. -When the woman of Canaan cried "Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David," the Lord did not intend to reject her: but, having no claim (as a Gentile) on Christ as the "Son of David," He uses the figure Accismus, and apparently refuses her request by saying, "I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel."

"Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord help me." But again, there was on confession as to the "me." It was not like the Publican, "God be merciful to me-A SINNER." It might have been a self-righteous "me."

So the Lord again uses the Figure Accismus, but He now combines it with Hypocatastasis; and says:

"It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs."

Now came the confession-she saw the point. She admitted the fact as to her condition as "a dog of the Gentiles," and said, "Truth, Lord:" and received the blessing which had been determined for her. (Bullinger, 929-930)

Kind Of Opposition
Part Of
Related Figures figures of refutation
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Zack Mellen
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes
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