Figure Name mempsis
Source Silva Rhetoricae (
Earliest Source None
Synonyms querimonia
Etymology Gk. "blame, censure"
Type Chroma
Linguistic Domain Semantic

1. Expressing complaint and seeking help. (Silva Rhetoricae)

2. .
Mempsis, in Latine Querimonia, is a forme of speech by which the Orator maketh a complaint, and craveth helpe. (Peacham)


2. An example of King David: “Why standest then so farre O Lord, and hidest thy selfe in the needfull time of trouble? the ungodlie for his owne lust doth persecute the poore.” Psal.10. And after his long complaint against the wicked for their pride against God, and for their oppression of the poore, he turneth to God by petition, craving his helpe to succour the poore, and his justice to punish the oppressors, saying: Surely thou hast seene it, for thou beholdest ungodliness and wrong, that thou maist take the matter into thy hand. The poore committeth himselfe unto thee, for thou art the helper of the friendlesse, breake thou the power of the ungodlie and malicious, take away his ungodlnesse and thou shalt finde none. (Peacham)

2. "For thy sake also are we killed all the day long, and are counted as sheepe appointed to be slaine, & c." (Psal.44. in Peacham)

Kind Of
Part Of
Related Figures figures of pathos, figures of exclamation
Confidence Unconfident
Last Editor Ashley Rose Kelly
Confidence Unconfident
Editorial Notes
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