Figure Name restrictio
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Peacham 1593
Earliest Source None
Etymology L. restringere “to restrain”
Type Trope
Linguistic Domain Semantic

1. Making an exception to a previously made statement. Restricting or limiting what has already been said. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Restrictio, when of the generall word going before, a part afterward is excepted, or when of things first expressed, some alteration is noted. (Peacham)


1. "She's the most beautiful woman in the world—present company excepted," he said to his wife. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. An example of S. Paul: “We are afflicted on everie side, yet are we not in distresse: in povertie, yet not overcome of pvertie; we are persecuted, but not forsaken; cast downe but we perish not.” 2. Cor 4.8.9. (Peacham)

2. Another: The high thrones of Princes are glorious, yet changeable: dignities are sweet, yet they be dangerous: riches are good things, yet full of trouble: pleasures are the floures & frutes of life: yet are they full of the causes of miserie, and deceitfull baites of death and destruction. (Peacham)

2. Noting of alteration: “I have seene the wicked in great prosperitie and flourishing like a greene bay tree, yea, he passed away, and loe he was gone, I sought him but he could not be found.” Psal.37.35.36. (Peacham)

Kind Of Opposition
Part Of
Related Figures correctio
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Last Editor Ashley Rose Kelly
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