|Source||Silva Rhetoricae (http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/Silva.htm); Peacham (1593); Macbeth (1876) ("optation," "wish"); Bullinger (1898) ("oeonismos; or, wishing")|
|Synonyms||oeonismus, wishing, wish, oeonismos, optatio|
|Etymology||OE'-o-nis'-mos Gr. "a divining by the flight of birds," "divination"|
1. Expressing a wish, often ardently. (Silva Rhetoricae)
2. Optatio is a forme of speech, by which the speaker expresseth his desire by wishing to God or Men. (Peacham)
3. Optation, or Wish, is very natural in an aroused state of mind. Chatham, in the dose of his speech against the quartering of soldiers on the people of Boston, carries optation up into the sacredness of prayer. It was on May 27,1774:
4. An Expression of Feeling by way of wishing or hoping for a thing. (Bullinger, 899)
1. O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.
1. Shylock: Why, look you how you storm! / I would be friends with you, and have your love.
2. I would the immortall Gods had granted that wee might rather have given thankes to Servius Sulpitius being alive, than now to examine his honours being dead. (Cicero in Peacham)
2. I would to God, that my Lord were with the Prophet that is in Sameria. (2.Reg.2. qtd in Peacham)
2. I would to God they were separated from you. (Gal.5. qtd. in Peacham)
4. Isa. 48:18. -"O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea." (Bullinger, 900)
|Related Figures||figures of exclamation|
|Notes||not sure about trope: I chose that because this figure usually references lots of emotion don't think it's a Type Of anything, but not too sure|
|Last Editor||Ioanna Malton|