Definition of prolepsis in English:
noun (plural prolepses /-siːz/)[mass noun]
1 Rhetoric The anticipation and answering of possible objections in rhetorical speech.
- Drexler's book Engines of Creation is an extraordinary exercise in prolepsis: he meticulously refutes every technical objection he can anticipate.
- For Gilio, prolepsis was a ‘figure,’ a rhetorical device employed to augment the beauty of the work.
- Example sentences
- The anti-Arcadian proleptic elegies of the late 1930s, in other words, and the critique of consolatory language they offer, can be said to have opened up a path toward the welfare state.
- Anticipation is intuitively, ironically proleptic in that it both foresees things in their absence and, in the very act of apprehension, presents them unwittingly into being.
- In formulation, the utterance is predictive or proleptic (he will imminently pour himself a drink, check the contents of the bottle).