Figure Name onedismus
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Peacham (1593)
Earliest Source None
Synonyms exprobatio
Etymology from Gk. oneidizo "to reproach"
Type Chroma
Linguistic Domain Semantic

1. Reproaching someone for being impious or ungrateful. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Onedismus called of the Latines Exprobratio, is a form of speech by which the speaker upbraideth his adversary of ingratitude, and impietie. (Peacham)


2. An apt example of this figure Virgil hath elegantly expressed by Dido Queene of Carthage, upbraiding Aeneas with the great and manifold benefites which he had received of her, and accusing him of unkindnesse & cruelty now purposed toward her, and by comparing these together she increaseth her wrath & in the middest of her flaming furie the bursteth forth and exclaimeth against him thus:

No Goddess never was thy Dam, nor thou of Dardans kinde.
Thou traytor wretch but under rockes, and mountaines rough unkinde.
Thou wert begort, some broode thou art of Beast or Monster wild.
Some Tigers thee did nurce and gave to thee their milke unmilde.
And a little after she addeth:
No stedfast truth there is, this naked miser by I tooke,
Whome seas had cast to shore, and of my Realme a part I gave,
His fleet I did releeve, and from their death his people save. (Peacham)

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Last Editor Ashley Rose Kelly
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