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Ancient Greek a throwing under, a suggesting.


hypobole (uncountable)

  1. (rhetoric) A rhetorical figure in which several things are mentioned that seem to make against the argument, or in favour of the opposing side, and then they are refuted one by one.

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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 hypobole in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)