Figure Name hypocatastasis
Source Bullinger (1898) ("hypocatastasis; or, implication")
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Synonyms implication
Etymology Gr. from hypo "underneath," kata "down" and stasis "a stationing"
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1. A Declaration that implies the Resemblance or Representation; or Comparison by Implication... As a figure, it differs from Metaphor, because in a metaphor the two nouns are both named and give; while, in Hypoacatastasis, only one is named and the other is implied, or as it were, is put down underneath out of sight. Hence Hypocatastasis is implied resemblance or representation: i.e., an implied Simile or Metaphor. If Metaphor is more forcible than Simile, then Hypocatastasis is more forcible than Metaphor, and expresses as it were the superlative degree of resemblance. (Bullinger, 737)


1. Matt. 15:13. -"Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up." This is Hypocatastasis, bordering on Allegory. Persons are implied, though only plants are named. The solemn lesson of this implication is that unless the work in the heart be that of God Himself, all is vain. It is useless therefore to attempt to effect conversion or to impart a new nature by personal appeals, persuasions, or excitement. This is only to make the flesh religious, and "that which is born of the flesh is flesh." (Bullinger, 738)

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