One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An argument in which one premise is not explicitly stated.
- ‘It relies heavily on enthymemes, which Aristotle regards as most suitable to forensic speech.’
- ‘In this enthymeme, the major premise of the complete syllogism is missing.’
- ‘He used enthymemes because they are an especially effective form of argument.’
- ‘Further, Aristotle distinguishes between enthymemes taken from probable premises and enthymemes taken from signs (sêmeia).’
- ‘The enthymeme, far from being a means of audience participation as some critics have suggested, is a mechanism for the interpellation of the audience into a kind of scripted rationality.’
Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek enthumēma, from enthumeisthai ‘consider’, from en- ‘within’ + thumos ‘mind’.
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