di-a-lo-giz'-mus from Gk. dialogos, “a conversation, dialogue”
the right reasoner

Speaking as someone else, either to bring in others' points of view into one's own speech, or to conduct a pseudo-dialog through taking up an opposing position with oneself.
  "This is merely an oversight," he tells us. "It is no crime." But I say, when an oversight takes such dimensions as these, it is indeed a crime.
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See Also
  • decorum
    Because it is concerned with the finding words appropriate to the person being imitated, dialogismus is tied to the general rhetorical idea of decorum (which considers this as well as other contextual proprieties).
  • Progymnasmata: Impersonation
  Sources: Sherry (1550) 69; Day 1599 97 ("dialogismus," "sermocinatio"); Putt. (1589) 242 ("dialogismus," "the right reasoner")

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Gideon O. Burton, Brigham Young University
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