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A rhetorical term for a circumstance in which a speaker quotes a passage and comments on it.

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From the Greek, "judgment"

Examples and Observations:

  • "You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you."
    (Matthew 5:43, The Bible)

  • "When I warned them that Britain would fight on alone, whatever they [Vichy France] did, their generals told the Prime Minister and his divided Cabinet, 'In three weeks England will have her neck wrung like a chicken.' [pause] Some chicken! [pause] Some neck!"
    (Winston Churchill addressing the Canadian Parliament during WWII)

  • "In 1946, 18 months after the fall of Berlin to allied forces, a journalist wrote in The New York Times, 'Germany is…a land in an acute stage of economic, political and moral crisis. Capitals are frightened. In every military headquarters, one meets alarmed officials doing their utmost to deal with the consequences of the occupation policy that they admit has failed.' End quote. Maybe the same person’s still around writing editorials."
    ­(President George W. Bush, acceptance speech at the 2004 Republican National Convention)

  • "'Kiss your hemorrhoids goodbye,' the commercial said. Not even I could do that."
    (comedian John Mendoza)

  • "‘We hold these truths to be self-evident,’ they said, ‘that all men are created equal.’ Strange as it may seem, that was the first time in history that anyone had ever bothered to write that down. Decisions are made by those who show up."
    (Martin Sheen as President Bartlet in The West Wing)
Pronunciation: ep-i-CRY-sis
Also Known As: parachresis
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