- (rhetoric) A figure of speech by which one striking circumstance is added, in due gradation, to another; climax; e.g. "He not only spared his enemies, but continued them in employment; not only continued, but advanced them."
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for epiploce in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)