Synaeceosis is a figure which teacheth to conjoine diverse things or contraries, and to repugne common opinion with reason, thus: The covetous & the prodigall are both alike in fault, for neither of them knoweth to use their wealth aright, for they both abuse it, and both get shame by it.
Fluttonous feasting, and starving famine are all one, for both weaken the bodie, procure sicknesse, and cause death.
The use of this figure.
The proper use hereof serveth to couple contrarie evils together
To waite contaries and condemne them both.
, & to condemne them both by shewing a reason, which is taken from their unitie in working and consent in some effect.
In using this figure it is needfull to foresee and be sure wherein they consent, that one and the same reason may condemne them both.