An Introduction to Conclusio

Conclusio, the latin term for conclusion; refers to the last part of an oration.

To quote Gregory T. Howard in verbatim, “Conclusio is related to the following terms: AccumulatioOpens in new window, ProecthesisOpens in new window, EpiphonemaOpens in new window, and EpetasisOpens in new window. It is the logical finish to any composition. Although simple to define, the conclusio (Conclusion) is the hardest part to control – as Longfellow said: ‘Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.’” — (Gregory T. Howard, Dictionary of Rhetorical Terms)

Necessity for a Good Conclusio

The following is the prerequisites for a forceful conclusio:

  1. Restate what you wish the audience to take away with them;
  2. Use fewer conjunctions than normal;
  3. Apply all three appeals Pathos, Ethos, and Logos.
Further Readings:
Dictionary of Rhetorical Terms by Gregory T. Howard | ConclusioOpens in new window