Figure Name diaskeue
Source Silva Rhetoricae (http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/Silva.htm); De Mille (1882) ("diasceue"); Bullinger (1898) ("diaskeue")
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1. Graphic peristasis (description of circumstances) intended to arouse the emotions. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. 152. DIASCEUE.
7. The impressiveness of a subject is enhanced by an accumulation of minute details, in which everything is laid down with the most prosaic and painstaking circumstantiality. This is called "diasceue."
In the following passage, the ruinous effects of war are amplified in a novel and unexpected way, by showing the financial losses that may arise from even a mere rumour, and this is done by minute detail:
"A fall of ten per cent, in the funds in nearly eighty million sterling of value; and railway stock having gone down twenty per cent, makes a difference to of sixty millions in the value of the railway property of this country. Add the two-one hundred and forty millions-and take the diminished prosperity and value of manufactures of all kinds during the last few months, and you will understate the actual loss of the country now if you put it down at two hundred million sterling." -JOHN BRIGHT. (De Mille)

3. ... the argument being made out of the particular circumstances of a case. (Bullinger, 474)


1. Look at my children, their malnourished cheeks, their bare feet, their hunger to know something more than hunger... (Silav Rhetoricae)

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