Figure Name eustathia
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Peacham (1593)
Earliest Source None
Synonyms constantia
Etymology Gk. "stability, vigor"
Type Trope
Linguistic Domain Semantic

1. Promising constancy in purpose and affection. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Eustathia in Latine Constantia, is a forme of speech by which the oratior or speaker promiseth and protesteth his constancie concerning something. (Peacham)


2. Let Lions clawes teare out our bolwels, let the Gibbet hang us, let the fire consume us, let the sword cut us asunder, let wild beasts tread us under their feet: yet we Christians are by praier prepared to abide all paine and torments. (Tertullian in Peacham)

2. Who shall separat us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakednes, or perill, or sword.(Paul in Rom.8 qtd in Peacham)

2. An example of Poetrie, Virgil AEglog.1.

{Therefore the stags so light of foote, like birds shall feede in th'aire,
The seas shall faile, and fishes leave all bare upon the shore,
The Parthian Pilgrime first shall drinke of Arax river cleere,
Or one of Germanie shall drinke of Tibris flowing streames,
The bounds of both gon round about, & passed far and neere,
Before this face and countenance shall slip out of my brest. (Peacham)

2. The fish shall flie the floud, the serpent bide the fire,
Ere ever I for game or good will altar my desire. (Peacham)

Kind Of
Part Of
Related Figures adhortatio, euche, figures of exclamation
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Ashley Rose Kelly
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes changed type to trope (from chroma) based on Peacham's definition. -ark
Reviewed No