n.1.(Rhet.) A figure by which permission is either seriously or ironically granted to some one, to do what he proposes to do; e. g., "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still."
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Greenblatt's use of the word "submission" suggests, moreover, the rhetorical figure "submission" or "surrender" (permissio, epitrope) that Desdemona adopts at the end of the play and which is, according to the author of the Rhetorica ad Herennium, "especially suited to provoking pity" (4.29.39).