Figure Name inopinatum
Source Silva Rhetoricae (
Earliest Source None
Synonyms powerless, paradoxum, wondrer
Etymology None
Type Trope
Linguistic Domain Semantic

The expression of one's inability to believe or conceive of something; a type of faux wondering). As such, this kind of paradox is much like aporia and functions much like a rhetorical question or erotema.


It is unthinkable that this nation could compromise itself so quickly.

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Notes In SA, the rhetorical figure is spelled inopinatum, but the list of figures on the right navigation spells it differently - inopinaturm (incorrect?)
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Jacqueline Mok
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