Apodioxis, when the Orator rejecteth the objection or argument of his adversaries as thinges needlesse, absurde, false, or impertinent to the purpose, as proceeding from follie, or framed by malice, or invented by subtiltie. Cicero for Milo: What should Milo hate Clodius the flower of his glorie?
Another: And would any wise man ever have so said? were not ignorance the cause of this opinion, follie could not be the frute.
To the Sadduces captiously enquiring of Christ, concerning the state of marriage in the resurrection, he answered: you do erre, not knowing the Scriptures, neither the power of God: by which answere he rejecteth their captious objection, by noting their ignorance.
The use of this figure.
This forme of speech is proper to reject vaine and fond arguments
of an adversarie: namely such as are unworthie of answere.
To reject necessarie objections or true arguments repugneth
Not to reject true arguments.
veritie, and to reject them with derision or scorningly opposeth modestie, both which ought for the love of verity and charity
evermore to be shunned.