Definition of enthymeme in English:


Pronunciation /ˈenTHəˌmēm/ /ˈɛnθəˌmim/


  • An argument in which one premise is not explicitly stated.

    ‘Further, Aristotle distinguishes between enthymemes taken from probable premises and enthymemes taken from signs (sêmeia).’
    • ‘In this enthymeme, the major premise of the complete syllogism is missing.’
    • ‘He used enthymemes because they are an especially effective form of argument.’
    • ‘It relies heavily on enthymemes, which Aristotle regards as most suitable to forensic speech.’
    • ‘The enthymeme, far from being a means of audience participation as some critics have suggested, is a mechanism for the interpellation of the audience into a kind of scripted rationality.’


Mid 16th century via Latin from Greek enthumēma, from enthumeisthai ‘consider’, from en- ‘within’ + thumos ‘mind’.