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The refutation (with an answer or qualifying statement) by a speaker or writer of a potential objection or counter-argument which has just been anticipated and stated by the speaker him- or herself. Also occasionally: the whole rhetorical figure in which such an objection is raised and then refuted in this way.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Hugh Latimer (c1485–1555), bishop of Worcester, preacher, and protestant martyr. From classical Latin anthypophora (in rhetoric) reply to a supposed objection from Hellenistic Greek ἀνθυποϕορά from ancient Greek ἀνθ-, variant (before an aspirate) of ἀντι- + ὑποϕορά.
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