[ en-thuh-meem ]

  1. a syllogism or other argument in which a premise or the conclusion is unexpressed.

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 enthymeme

  • en·thy·me·mat·ic [en-thuh-mee-mat-ik], /ˌɛn θə miˈmæt ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for enthymeme


/ (ˈɛnθɪˌmiːm) /

  1. an incomplete syllogism, in which one or more premises are unexpressed as their truth is considered to be self-evident

  2. any argument some of whose premises are omitted as obvious

Origin of enthymeme

C16: via Latin from Greek enthumēma, from enthumeisthai to infer (literally: to have in the mind), from en- ² + thumos mind

Derived forms of enthymeme

  • enthymematic or enthymematical, adjective

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