Anacenosis is a forme of speech by which the Orator formeth to aske counsell of his adversary, or to deliberate with the Judges what is to be done, or what ought to have bene done.
An example of Cicero: What should I have done Judges, for I know I needed not your helpe there, but you in a maner mine, should I have contended with private weapons against the people's Tribune?
Another example of Esay: “To whom will you liken God? Or what similitude will you set up unto him? shall the carver make him a carved image? or shal the Goldsmith cover him with gold?” Esay. 40.
Another of the Apostle Paul: “This would I learne of you, received ye the spirit by the workes of the law, or by hearing of faith preached?” Gallat 3.
The use of this figure.
This figure like as Aporia perteineth to deliberation and also
serveth fitly to reprehension, and confutation.
1. An ill cause to be excluded.
In using this figure, it is necessary and good to have an honest and an upright cause, so true that the adversary may not deny it, and so just that the Judges may not conddemne it, without oppressyng of manifest equitie.