Figure Name antirrhesis
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Peacham (1593)
Earliest Source None
Etymology Gk. anti “against” and rhesis “speech”
Type Chroma
Linguistic Domain Semantic

1. Rejecting reprehensibly the opinion or authority of someone. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. .
Antirrhesis is a forme of speech by which the Orator rejecteth the authority, opinion or sentence of some person: for the error or wickednesse in it. (Peacham)


1. Rush Limbaugh is no political commentator; he's a two-bit showman whose political ideas are about as impressive as his humility. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. An example: Job to his wife saying to him blaspheme God and die, made this answere saying: “thou speakest like a foolish woman.” Job.2.10. (Peacham)

2. Another of the Apostle Paul rehearsing the common saying of the Epicures: Let us eate and drinke, for to morrow we shal die, which he rejecteth thus: “Be not deceived (saith he to the Corinthians) evill words corrupt good manners.” 1. Cor. 15.32 (Peacham)

Kind Of Opposition
Part Of
Related Figures figures of refutation, figures of moderation
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Ashley Rose Kelly
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes
Reviewed No