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Erotema.

Erotema is a forme of speech by which the Orator doth affirme or deny somthing strongly.

An example of Esay: “Are you not children of Adultery and a seed of dissimulation?” Esay.57.

Another: “Is not thy wickednesse great, and thine ungratious deedes abominable?” Job.22.

Another: “Doth God pervert the thing that is lawfull, or doth the Almighty pervert justice? can a rush be green without moisture, or may the grasse grow without water?” Job.8.3.11. that is to say, it cannot.

The use of this figure.

1. To confirm.
This figure giveth to speech not onely life and motion, but also
2. To confute.
great strength and a coragious countenance, which is much comended in the supporting of good causes, and also very necessary to countenance truth and verity: and it may aptly be compared to the point or edge of a weapon, wherewith the Champion defendeth himselfe, and woundeth his enemie.

The Caution.

1. Subtilty or craft.
This figure is most commonly abused by subtilty and impudency,
2. Impudent boldnesse.
as either in accusing falsly, or in denying shamelesly.

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