Metastasis

Metastasis: A form of speech, which consists when the accused in his response to the fact established against him, denies and turns the accusations or arguments back on the accuser.
Metastasis: An act of retort, which consists when the accused in his response to the fact established against him, denies and turns the accusations or arguments back on the accuser.

Definition and Example of Metastasis

Metastasis (derives from Greek meta, “beyond,” or “over” and stasis, “a standing or placing”), is a figure which consists when the accused in his response to the fact established against him, denies and turns the accusations or arguments back on the accuser.

Classic Example
  • And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.
    — 1 Kings 18:17-18
Citation:
Silver Rhetoricae, Figures | MetastasisOpens in new window
Dupriez, A Dictionary of Literary Devices.