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Bullinger's Figures of Speech Used in the Bible

Anticategoria; or tu Quoque

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The use of a Counter-Charge, or Recrimination

An´-ti-cat´-ee-gor´-i-a. Greek, ἀντικατηγορία, a counter-charge: from ἀντί (anti), against, and κατηγορέω, to speak against: hence, to recriminate, to accuse in turn.

The figure is used when we retort upon another the very insinuation or accusation which he has made against us. It differs from Antistrophe (see above); in that it has to do, not with any general kind of words, but with a particular accusation.

It is what the Latins called a TU QUOQUE; or, ACCUSATIO ADVERSA, an opposite accusation, or an accusation turned against another; or, TRANSLATIO IN ADVERSARIUM, a transferring against an adversary.

Ezekiel 18:25.-"Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?" So verse 29, and 33:17.

This would be Anteisagoge, were it a simple question instead of an accusation.

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Bullinger, E. W., D.D. Entry for 'Anticategoria; or tu Quoque'. Bullinger's Figures of Speech Used in the Bible.

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