An Introduction to Anticategoria

Anticategoria (derives from Greek meaning “a counter-allegation” or “a counter-charge”), is a figure by which the accused unable to respond the allegation or accusation of an adversary, rather throws a retort by means of counter-allegation or recrimination to the accusation thrown by the adversary.

Examples of Anticategoria
  • “It ill becomes you, Penelope, to cavil at another’s alleged action in eating the rest of th chocolate turtles when, if you will permit me to lodge an antanagoge, you yourself were the only person present last Wednesday when an entire packet of sherbet and marshmallow cones disappeared overnight.”
  • “Compared to you I am no drunkard.”
Further Readings:
Silver Rhetoricae, Figures | AnticategoriaOpens in new window