An Introduction to Dirimens Copulatio
Dirimens Copulatio (etymologically from Latin, literally “separating combination”), is a rhetorical device which consists when we introduce an argumentOpens in new window with one exception to it, and immediately join another after it that seems greater.
By this means, the device simply help creates a balanced argumentOpens in new window by placing two opposing qualifying view points, one after the other. Oftentimes, the qualifying points are accompanied by such clauses like “not only …,” “but also,” “but wait, there is more,” (as often used in info-commercialsOpens in new window) etc.
As George PuttenhamOpens in new window rightfully observed, “the emphasis of the figure, derives its forceful effect from substituting for a concrete quality, that same quality regarded in its universal abstract essence.
One notable means to affect the mind, is to enforce the sense of any thing by a word of more than ordinary efficacy, and nevertheless is not apparent, but as it were, secretly implied, as he that said thus … O sin itself, not wretch, but wretchedness
Whereas if he had said thus … O sinful and wretched man, it had been all to one effect, yet not with such force and efficacy, to speak by the denominative, as by the thing itself.” — (Puttenhan [p. 184])