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[18] Or again, we may prove before we define, as Cicero does in the Philippics,1 where he proves that Servius Sulpicius was killed by Antony and introduces his definition at the conclusion in the following terms:—“For assuredly the murderer was he who was the cause of his death.” I would not, however, deny that such rules should be employed, if it will help our case, and that, if we can produce a definition which is at once strong and concise, it will be not merely an ornament to our speech, but will also produce the strongest [p. 95] impression, provided always that it cannot be overthrown.

1 IX. iii. 7.

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