ethopoeia ethopoeia
 e-tho-po'-ia from Gk. ethos, "character" and poeia, "representation"
moralis confictio
description of manners

The description and portrayal of a character (natural propensities, manners and affections, etc.). A kind of enargia. See the progymnasmata exercise impersonation.

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  • Subject and Adjuncts
    Since description typically takes the form of delineating the attributes of something, it is therefore the use of this topic of invention, by which one identifies the characteristics (or adjuncts) of a given subject.
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  Sources: Aquil. 4 ("ethopoeia," "moralis confictio"); Isidore 2.14.1-2; Sherry (1550) 67 ("aetopeia")

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