To express the surety of a particular outcome, a future/forecasted event is spoken of as if it has already transpired.


The aforementioned literary style foreshadows the said event; does the manner in which the foreshadowing occurs have a particular name?


The victory is mine

Though a victory has not been secured

Rome has fallen

Though the battle is not complete

  • could fatalism fit the purpose? FWIW Roman stoicism was fatalistic as I understand it. – whanrott Aug 10 '17 at 8:49
  • @whanrott Fatalism is usually about bad/undesired results, and contrasts with optimism. You wouldn't use it when you look forward to victory. – Barmar Aug 10 '17 at 19:28
  • @Barmar - Fatalism "The belief that all events are predetermined and therefore inevitable". People who believe in fate do so without prejudice about whether the fate will be good or bad. I do agree that people usually use fatalistic in a negative or pessimistic way but that's not its' only meaning. – whanrott Aug 11 '17 at 14:53
  • @Bookeater - Thank you! Finally I have an obscure word to describe a question talker. :-) – whanrott Aug 11 '17 at 14:53

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