Figure Name synathroesmus
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Peacham (1577) T3v ("frequentatio"); Garrett Epp (1994) ("frequentatio," "synathroesmus"); Vinsauf (1967) ("frequentatio"); Holmes (1806) ("synathroesmus"); De Mille (1882) ("synathroismus")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms synathroismos, sinathrismus, frequentatio, the heaping figure, accumulatio, synathroismus
Etymology from L. “to heap up, to amass”
Type Scheme
Linguistic Domain Lexicographic

Rhetfig: A compilation of several similar phrases or expressions.

1. The conglomeration of many words and expressions either with similar meaning (synonymia) or not (congeries).

A gathering together of things scattered throughout a speech (accumulatio). (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Points scattered through a speech are gathered up to give sharpness and point. (Garrett Epp)

3. There are other figures to adorn the meaning of words. All of these I include in the following brief treatment: when meaning is adorned, this is the standard procedure. ... ((6) frequentatio) Or single details are brought together, and frequentatio gathers up points that had been scattered through the work. (Vinsauf)

4. A Synathroesmus sums up various things, And as into one heap together brings. (Holmes)

6. A further change in accumulation may be seen when particulars disconnected in themselves are set forth, not in order (as in collectio), but in a confused and disorderly manner. (De Mille)


2. You have conspired against our royal person,
Joined with an enemy proclaimed, and from his coffers
Received the golden earnest of our death;
Wherein you would have sold your king to slaughter,
His princes and his peers to servitude,
His subjects to oppression and contempt,
And his whole kingdom into desolation. (H5 2.2 qtd. in Garrett Epp)

3. ((6) Frequentatio) Note what bitter poison he bears: he will be seen as a flatterer face to face, a detractor when out of sight; an apparent friend, a secret enemy; an avaricious owner, a cruel extortioner; an oppresive plunderer, an ingratiating huckster; an illicit buyer, swift to the evil of simony, now so common. (Vinsauf)

4. Thief, taylor, miller, weaver, etc. (Holmes)

Kind Of
Part Of
Related Figures figures of amplification, anacephalaeosis, accumulatio, synonymia, congeries. climax
Notes Unsure of 'type of' as definition implies the possibility of many types. Entered by Ashwini.
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Zack Mellen
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes added related figures, removed type of, seems like arrangement
Reviewed No