Er`o*te"sis (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. a questioning, fr. to ask.] Rhet.

A figure o speech by which a strong affirmation of the contrary, is implied under the form o an earnest interrogation, as in the following lines; -

Must I give way and room to your rash choler? Shall I be frighted when a madman stares? Shak.


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