Figure Name eutrepismus
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Peacham 1593
Earliest Source None
Synonyms ordinatio
Etymology from Gk. eutrepes "well-turning"
Type Chroma
Linguistic Domain Syntactic

1. Numbering and ordering the parts under consideration. A figure of division, and of ordering. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Eutrepismus, in latine called Bonus ordo, and Ordinatio, it is a forme of speech, which doth not only number the partes before they be said, but also doth also order those partes, and maketh them plaine by a kind of definition, or declaration. (Peacham)


1. In considering the siege, we should consider three things: First, are diplomatic alternatives exhausted? Second, do we have sufficient means to isolate the enemy? Third, would a siege achieve the desired effect? (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. There be three things which men do greedily covet, and earnestly follow, riches, pleasures, and honors, riches are the nurces of sinne and iniquitie, pleasures are the daughters of dishonesty, and guides which lead to misery: Honors are mothers and nurces of worldly pompe, and vanitie. (Peacham)

2. There are three sorts of men which do dispose of all that a man hath, the Lawyer, the Phisition, and the Divine. The Lawyer disposeth of his goods, the Phisition of his bodie, and the divine of his soule. (Peacham)

2. Another of scripture: “These be foure small things in the earth, yet they are wise and full of wisedome, the Pismire a people not strong, yet prepare they their meat in sommer, the Cunnies a people not mightie, yet make they their houses in the rockes. The Grashopper hath no king, yet they go forth by bands, the Spider taketh hold with her hands and is in Kings Palaces.” Prov.30. (Peacham)

2. “These things rejoyce me, and by them am I bewtified before God and men, the unitie of brethren, the love of neighbors, a man and a wife that agree togither. three sorts of men my soule hateth, and I utterly abhorre the life of them: A poore man that is proude, a rich man that is a lyar, and an olde adulterer that doteth.” Eccle.25.1.2. (Peacham)

Kind Of Symmetry
Part Of
Related Figures figures of division, figures of order, figures of amplification, enumeratio, distributio
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Ashley Rose Kelly
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