cataphasis

[kuh-taf-uh-sis]

noun

Rhetoric. the use of affirmative statements to discuss a subject; affirmation through positive statements.
Theology. knowledge, understanding, or description of God through positive statements about qualities and characteristics that God possesses, as "God is good." See also positive theology.

Nearby words

  1. catamountain,
  2. catananche,
  3. catania,
  4. catanzaro,
  5. cataphasia,
  6. cataphora,
  7. cataphoresis,
  8. cataphoretic,
  9. cataphract,
  10. cataphracted

Compare apophasis.

Origin of cataphasis

1850–60; < Greek katáphasis < kata- cata- + phásis appearance; see phasis

Related formscat·a·phat·ic [kat-uh-fat-ik] /ˌkæt əˈfæt ɪk/, adjective

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