Figure Name conclusio
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Ad Herennium 4.30.41 Ad Herennium ("conclusion") (331-333); Garrett Epp (1994) ("conclusio"); Vinsauf (1967) ("conclusio")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms enthymeme
Etymology L. “conclusion, summation”
Type Trope
Linguistic Domain Semantic

1. Term given by the Ad Herennium author for enthymeme. Not to be confused with conclusion, the English equivalent of the last part of an oration, the peroratio. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Conclusion,^ by means of a brief argument, deduces
the necessary consequences of what has been said or done before (Ad Herennium)

3. A brief summary, deducing the consequences of what has been said or done. (Garrett Epp)

4. If a mode of expression both easy and adorned is desired, set aside all the techniques of the dignified style and have recourse to means that are simple, but of a simplicity that does not shock the ear by its rudeness. Here are the rhetorical colours with which to adorn your style: (Vinsauf)


2. "But if the oracle had predicted to the Danaans that Troy could not be taken without the arrows of Philoctetes, and these arrows
moreover served only to smite Alexander, then
certainly killing Alexander was the same as taking Troy." (Ad Herennium)

3. But thy vile race,
Though thou didst learn, had that in't which good natures
Could not abide; therefore wast thou
Deservedly confined into this rock, who hadst
Deserved more than a prison. (Tempest 1.2 qtd. in Garrett Epp)

4. Therefore since they could not be redeemed unless God was made man, and unless, once made man, he determined to conquer death, the conquering of death redeemed those who were his from death. (Vinsauf)

Kind Of Omission
Part Of
Related Figures figures of reasoning, figures of amplification
Notes Latin: “conclusion, summation” Garrett Epp notes: "Quintilian denies this is a figure" - Nayoung
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Nike Abbott
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes Unsure if this is simply a synonym to enthymeme. Will require special treatment. Added synonyms, type of, linguistic domain
Reviewed No