An Introduction to Apodioxis
Apodioxis (derives from Greek combination, ‘apo,’ “away” and ‘diokein,’ “to pursue”, literally means “a chasing away”), is the indignant rejection of an argument as impertinent or absurdly false.
Apodioxis simply involves the rejection of an argument without addressing it, the assumption being that to attempt a rebuttal of such a childish point of view would be a waste of time. On this note, an ingenious author gives his view on apodioxis as: “when we reject the objections of adversaries as trifles, or scorn them as absurdities, to which it is hard to answer, either saying they pertain not to the purpose, or feigning them to be foolish with laughing at them, or else promise to answer them at some more fit time, and shake them off, with bringing in other matters”
The strength of Apodioxis is quite clear, but it must be incorporated correctly. The user will find a more complete effect if they place this device in close proximity to figures of praise. If one attribute of the idea or person presented is praised and then another rejected by Apodioxis the argument becomes more appealing. For example: when John Piper rejects the President’s decision concerning abortion he begins by telling how he wept for joy at his election. This place him as a caring individual who others can easily relate to.