An Introduction to Descriptio

Descriptio is the name for the figure which contains a clear, lucid, and impressive exposition of the consequences of an act. It is sub–divided into diverse species according to the object concerned.

Although descriptio is a synonym for enargia, however, the rhetorical manual, Ad HerenniumOpens in new window, stresses that it includes in its expression an exposition of the consequences of an act.

A Classic Example
  • Should you let the defendant go free, consider how he will prey upon other hapless victims, perhaps even hunting in your own neighborhood.
Further Readings:
Silver Rhetoricae: DescriptioOpens in new window