syllogismus syllogismus
 syl-lo-gis'-mus from syn, "together" and logos, "reasoning"
Also sp. syllogismos
omission of the conclusion

The use of a remark or an image which calls upon the audience to draw an obvious conclusion. Like a rhetorical enthymeme, but more compact, and frequently relying on an image. Not to be confused with the "syllogism" of formal logic (see enthymeme).
  Look at that man's yellowed fingertips and you just tell me if he's a smoker or not.

And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. —Luke 7:44-46
In the preceding example, the obvious conclusion to be drawn (which remains unstated) is "how much more does she love me than you do".

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  Sources: Cicero De Inv. 1.34; Quintilian 5.14.24

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