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)