Figure Name paeanismus
Source Peacham (1593)
Earliest Source
Type Trope
Linguistic Domain Semantic

1. Paeanismus is a forme of speech which the Orator, or speaker useth to expresse his joy, either for the cause of some good thing obtained, or some evil avoyded. (Peacham)


1. An example: “And the women sang by course in their play, & said, Saul hath slain his thousand, & David his ten thousand.” 1.Sam.18.7. (Peacham)

1. Another of Moses: “I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously, the Horse and him that rode uppon him hath he overthrowne in the sea.” Exo.18.1. Here Moses extolleth the glory of the victory, and triumpheth with great joy, praising the lord, and his power which was the cause, and describing the effect which was the drowning of Pharoah and his hoste. (Peacham)

1. To this forme of speech perteineth this saying in the song of the virgine Mary: “From henceforth all generationns that call me blessed. And also this: He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he hath sent emptie away.” Luc 1. (Peacham)

1. Another: “O death where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victorie?” Cor.15. (Peacham)

Kind Of
Part Of
Related Figures figures of exclamation
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Ashley Rose Kelly
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