Figure Name subjectio
Source Silva Rhetoricae (; Garrett Epp (1994) ("subjectio," "hypophora"); Vinsauf (1967) ("subjectio"); Bullinger (1898) ("dianoea; or, animated dialogue")
Earliest Source None
Synonyms subiectio, anthypophora, dianoea, hypophora, animated dialogue, responsio
Etymology None
Type Chroma
Linguistic Domain Semantic

1. Providing a suggestion in answer to one's own question regarding how an argument should proceed. A Latin term for anthypophora or dianoea. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. A combination of question and answer directed against an adversary in argument. (Garrett Epp)

3. If a mode of expression both easy and adorned is desired, set aside all the techniques of the dignified style and have recourse to means that are simple, but of a simplicity that does not shock the ear by its rudeness. Here are the rhetorical colours with which to adorn your style: (Vinsauf)

4. The Figure is employed when the speaker uses animated questions and answers in developing an argument. (Bullinger, 928)


2. Honour hath no skill in surgery then? No. What is honour? A word. What is that word honour? Air - a trim reckoning. Who hath it? He that died a Wednesday.... (1H4 5.1 qtd. in Garrett Epp)

3. Serpent of envy and foe of our race, why did you seek Christ's death on the cross? Did he deserve it? But he was free of all guilt. Did you think his body a phantom? But he assumed true flesh of a virgin. Did you think him mere man? But by his power he proved himself God. Deservedly, therefore, are you condemned. Remember, the servant who condemns his master will be condemned by hom. So condemnation justly came to a close with from whom it began. (Vinsauf)

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Related Figures dialogimus
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Last Editor Ioanna Malton
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