Figure Name antistrophe
Source Bullinger (1898) ("antistrophe; or, retort")
Earliest Source
Synonyms retort, bialeon, violentum, inversio
Etymology Gr. "a turning about" from anti "against" and strepho "to turn"
Type None
Linguistic Domain

1. A turning the Words of a Speaker against himself... The figure is so called because the words of a speaker are turned against himself in Retort. (Bullinger, 931)


1. Matt. 15:26, 27. -The woman of Canaan used this figure in her reply to Christ. He had said "It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs." And she said, "Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master's table," and thus turned His words against Himself. (Bullinger, 932)

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Part Of
Related Figures accismus
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Ioanna Malton
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