ef-fik'-ti-o from L. effingere, "to fashion"
blazon, portrayal, word-portrait

A verbal depiction of someone's body, often from head to toe.
Note: This figure was used in forensic rhetoric for purposes of clearly identifying an alleged criminal. It has often been adapted to poetical uses.
  I mean that man, he with the white hair, the crazed look in his eye, the huge scar across his chin, the lame left leg, and feet too large for any shoes...
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  Sources: Ad Herennium 4.49.63

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