Figure Name ecphrasis
Source Silva Rhetoricae (
Earliest Source None
Etymology None
Type Trope
Linguistic Domain Semantic

1. Vivid description; using details to place an object, person, or event before the listeners' eyes (=hypotyposis or evidentia). See also enargia.
2. The Greek term for the progymnasmata exercise, description.
3. Ecphrasis has another more restricted definition: the literary description of a work of art. Philostratus Lemnius helped to fix this more restricted sense of this term in the second century in his Imagines.


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Related Figures Figures of Description: enargia, chronographia (description of a given time or season), topographia (description of a place), ethopoeia, prosopographia, characterismus (description of a person), pragmatographia (description of an action)
Notes think it is trope because it is describing something (meaning).
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Last Editor Jacqueline Mok
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