previous next


Categoria, in Latine Accusatio, or Criminis reprehensio, is a forme of speech by which the speaker openeth and detecteth some secret wickednesse of his adversayr, and laieth it open before his face.

An example of Christ detecting Judas: β€œHe that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, he shall betray me.” Mat.26.23.

Another of Paul accusing Elymas the sorcerer, saying: β€œO full of all subtiltie and all mischiefe, thou childe of the divel, and enemie of all righteousnesse, wilt thou not cease to pervert the strait waies of the Lord?” Act.13.10

Another example there is, in the 52. Psalme of David, accusing Doeg of great wickednes, but chiefly of the mischiefe of his toong.

Christ accuseth the Scribes and Pharisies of hypcrisie and


The use of this figure.

The use hereof is chiefly required to accuse and reprehend hypocrisie, and intollerable impietie.
To accuse and rebuke.

The Caution.

The most speciall poynt in this Caution is, that the accusation
1. Not false.
be not false, as those are many times which proceede from malice or envy, as the accusations of the Jewes against Christ, and likewise against Paul. Secondly, that it be not amplified without
2. Not amplified.
great cause. Thirdly, that it be not objected after a jesting or light maner, when it requireth a serious and sharpe forme. Fourthly,
3. Not after a light maner.
that it be not applied out of due time and fit place.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: