English: The enthymeme has been used and analysed for over two millennia. It is one of the
most powerful rhetorical instruments used for the purpose of persuasion, be it through
the spoken or written word. This article explores the origins and complexities of the
instrument and demonstrates its use and significance in the public sphere by analysing
style and rhetorical content in the writings of St Paul, Dr Martin Luther King Jnr and
President George W Bush. The conclusions suggest that further research into this
rhetorical instrument could uncover a layer of understanding of political discourse in
the public sphere hitherto not undertaken by local scholars.