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Anangeon (Greek: ἀναγκαῖον, "necessary"),[1] also known as dicaeologia (δικαιολογία, "a plea in defense"),[2] is a specious method of argument, where the basis lies in inevitability or necessity.[3] For example, "Yes, I missed school today, but I was sick and wouldn't have learned anything anyway"—this argument ignores the need to go to school, mitigating the controversy of not going. Thus, it is often used to limit or contradict fault in a matter.

Other examples include:

  • "The current world is in a state of chaos, but that's understandable, since humans have got a lot less organized, more stupid, and more populous".
  • "The building was coming down anyway."

Anangeon can be seen as a part of logos and is a type of non sequitur.

See also


  1. Anangeon, Silva Rhetoricae, Brigham Young University
  2. Dicaeologia, Silva Rhetoricae, Brigham Young University
  3. Howard, Gregory T. (2010). Dictionary of Rhetorical Terms. Xlibris Corporation. ISBN 1-4500-2028-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>