Ac-cis’-mus, a cutting all but through, from the Latin, accido.
This Figure is so named because it is an apparent or assumed refusal.
Matt. 15:22-26.—When the woman of Canaan cried “Have mercy on me, O Lord,
thou Son of David,” the Lord did not intend to reject her: but, having no claim
(as a Gentile) on Christ as the “Son of David,” He uses the figure Accismus, and apparently refuses her request by saying,
“ I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
“ Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord help me.”
But again, there was no confession as to the “me.” It was not like the Publican,
“ God be merciful to me a sinner.” It might have been a self-righteous “ me.”
.So the Lord again uses the Figure Accismus, but He now combines it with Hypocatastasis; and says:
“ It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.”
Now came the confession she saw the point. She admitted the fact as to her condition as “ a dog of the Gentiles,” and said, “ Truth, Lord: ” and received the blessing which had been determined for her.

.Matt. 21:29 is sometimes given as an example; but this was a real refusal, altered by after repentance.
. “ He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.”

From “Figures Of Speech Used In The Bible” by E. W. Bullinger,
(Public Domain) page 962. Adapted for website compatibility.
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