Significatio

An Introduction to Significatio

Significatio is an employment of insinuation and innuendo, often produced through ambiguityOpens in new window, analogyOpens in new window, or figures such as hyperboleOpens in new window.

A Notable Example
  • But were I Brutus,
    And Brutus Antony, there were an Antony
    Would ruffle up your spirits, and put a tongue
    In every wound of Caesar that should move
    The stones of Rome to rise and mutiny.
    — (JC 3.2)