prodiorthosis prodiorthosis
 pro-di-or-tho'-sis from Gk. pro "before" and diorthosis, "a making straight, putting right" ("a preparatory apology")

A statement intended to prepare one's audience for something shocking or offensive. An extreme example of protherapeia.
  Horatio here continues after just having told Hamlet that he saw the ghost of Hamlet's father the night before:
Season your admiration for a while With an attent ear, till I may deliver, Upon the witness of these gentlemen, This marvel to you.
—Shakespeare, Hamlet 1.2.189-195
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  Sources: Bullinger 977

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