Figure Name diasyrmus
Source Silva Rhetoricae (http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/Silva.htm); Holmes (1806) ("diasyrmus"); Bullinger (1898) ("diasyrmos; or, raillery")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms diasyrmos, elevatio, irrisio, vexatio, raillery
Etymology None
Type Trope
Linguistic Domain Semantic

1. Rejecting an argument through ridiculous comparison. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. A Diasyrmus must ill-nature show, And ne'er omit t' insult a living foe. (Holmes)

3. An Expression of Feeling by way of tearing away Disguise... The figure is so called, because it tears away the veil, or whatever may be covering the real matter in question, and shows it up as it really is. Hence, raillery which tears away all disguise. (Bulllinger, 911)


1. Arguing that we can clean up government by better regulating elections is like asking a dog to quit marking his territory by lifting his hind leg. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. You gaggle like a Goose among the tuneful Swans. (Holmes)

3. John 7:4. -The Lord's brethren seek to reflect upon Him, as if He were mismanaging His affairs. But, in this case, the Diasyrmos proceeded from their own mistake as to what His mission really was. "There is no man that doeth anything in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly." (Bullinger, 911)

Kind Of Opposition
Part Of
Related Figures Figures of Refutation, apodioxis, hyperbole
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Ioanna Malton
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes
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