|e-pi-pho-ne'-ma||from Gk. epi, "upon" and phonein, "to speak out"|
|An epigrammatic summary which gathers into a pithy sentence what has preceeded. A striking, summarizing reflection.|
|"Thus is the
haughty miller soundly beat, And thus he's lost his pay for grinding wheat,
And paid for the two suppers, let me tell, of Alain and of John, who've
tricked him well, His wife is taken, also his daughter sweet; Thus it
befalls a miller who's a cheat."
Chaucer, The Reeve's Tale
The Reeve drives home his story of a cheating Miller by summarizing the tale that he has told in an epiphonema.
|Sources:||Quintilian 8.5.11; Hoskins ("acclamatio"); Peacham (1577) L2v; Day 1599 98; Puttenham "epithonema" [sic]) 3.19 (p.81)|