|| from Gk. epi, "upon" and trope,
"turn" ("to yield")
Also sp. epitropis
admission, figure of reference, figure of submission
A figure in which one turns things over to one's hearers,
either pathetically, ironically, or in such a way as to suggest a proof
of something without having to state it.
Epitrope often takes the form of granting permission (hence its Latin
name, permissio), submitting something for consideration, or
simply referring to the abilities of the audience to supply the meaning
that the speaker passes over (hence Puttenham's term, figure of reference).
Epitrope can be either biting in its irony, or flattering in its deference.
A specific form of epitrope is the (apparent) admission of what is
wrong in order to carry our point.
Go ahead, make my day... Clint Eastwood
If you seeke the victorie take it, and if you list, triumph.
Because all things [be] taken away, only is left unto me my body and
mind. These things, which only are left unto me of many, I grant then
to you and to your power. R. Sherry
Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in
the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the
sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will
bring thee into judgment. Ecclesiastes 11:9
Related Topics of Invention
Ad Herennium 4.29.39
("permissio"); Sherry (1550) 55 ("epitrope," "permissio," "permission");
Peacham (1577) M4r; Putt. (1589) 234 ("epitropis," "the figure of reference")