Purgatio

An Introduction to Purgatio

Purgatio ... a kind of defence which takes place when the accused person acknowledges the fact of the accusation.
Purgatio ... a kind of defence which takes place when the accused person acknowledges the fact of the accusation; but nevertheless, denies that he did it with bad intention.

Purgatio is rhetorical figure used for that kind of defence which takes place when the accused person acknowledges the fact of the accusation; but nevertheless, denies that he did it with bad intention.

Citation.
James D. Williams, An Introduction to Classical Rhetoric: Essential Readings | Purgatio (p. 324)Opens in new window
Abraham Rees, The Cyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and [...], Volume 29 | Purgatio (Rhetoric)Opens in new window