[ en-thuh-meem ]
/ ˈɛn θəˌmim /
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a syllogism or other argument in which a premise or the conclusion is unexpressed.
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Origin of enthymeme
1580–90; <Latin enthȳmēma<Greek enthȳ́mēma thought, argument, equivalent to enthȳmē-, variant stem of enthȳmeîsthai to ponder (en-en-2 + -thȳmeîsthai verbal derivative of thȳmós spirit, thought) + -ma noun suffix of result
OTHER WORDS FROM enthymemeen·thy·me·mat·ic [en-thuh-mee-mat-ik], /ˌɛn θə miˈmæt ɪk/, adjective
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How to use enthymeme in a sentence
Each of these sentences contains a conclusion and an enthymematic argument in support of it.Logic, Inductive and Deductive|William Minto
British Dictionary definitions for enthymeme
/ (ˈɛnθɪˌmiːm) /
an incomplete syllogism, in which one or more premises are unexpressed as their truth is considered to be self-evident
any argument some of whose premises are omitted as obvious
Derived forms of enthymemeenthymematic or enthymematical, adjective
Word Origin for enthymeme
C16: via Latin from Greek enthumēma, from enthumeisthai to infer (literally: to have in the mind), from en- ² + thumos mind
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