St. Augustine: Rhetorical Devices 1

Sicut amici adulantes pervertunt, sic inimici litigantes plerumque corrigunt.

Augustine Confessions Chapter 9

Just as flattering friends destroy, so quarrelsome enemies often correct.

This is the kind of thing Augustine loves.  The antithesis.  Rhetorically speaking: two contrasting statements written in grammatically parallel ways.

  • amici = inimici   friends = enemies (plural subjects)
  • adulantes = litigantes  flattering = quarreling (present active participles)
  • pervertunt = corrigunt  destroy = correct (plural verbs)

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