prolepsis prolepsis
 pro-lep'-sis Gk. "A preconception"
anticipation, propounder

  1. A synonym for procatalepsis.
  2. Speaking of something future as though already done or existing. A figure of anticipation.
  [Of Defninition #1]
Oh, I am a dead man!
Obviously, the speaker refers less to the actuality of the moment as he does to the near future.

The following scriptural verse refers to Christ's ultimate victory as though it had already occurred.
Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. —Hebrews 2:8

Related Figures
  Sources: Quintilian 9.2.16-17 (#1) ; Mosellanus a4r

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