Figure Name prodiorthosis
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Bullinger (1898) ("prodiorthosis; or, warning")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms warning
Etymology Gr. "a preparatory apology" from pro "before" and diorthosis "a making straight, putting right;" from diorthoo "to make straight, set straight"
Type Chroma
Linguistic Domain Semantic

1. A statement intended to prepare one's audience for something shocking or offensive. An extreme example of protherapeia. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. Something said to prepare for a shock. (Bullinger, 938)


1. Horatio here continues after just having told Hamlet that he saw the ghost of Hamlet's father the night before:
Season your admiration for a while With an attent ear, till I may deliver, Upon the witness of these gentlemen, This marvel to you.
—Shakespeare, Hamlet 1.2.189-195 (Silva Rhetoricae)

Kind Of Omission
Part Of
Related Figures protherapeia
Notes Unsure of 'type of'. Indicated omission because the figure omits the event or whatever it is that is shocking/offensive.
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Ioanna Malton
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Editorial Notes
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