I have conducted an argument about vulnerability, which also implies that dishonesty is praiseworthy. In the next sentence I say:

A case in praise of dishonesty?!

And I mean to say, with a satirical connotation, that what is said also implies that sometimes dishonesty is actually good.

I think the common phrase is "a case for" but I want to use "in praise of dishonesty" as it refers to another significant text. So can I say "a case in praise of"? Or maybe other suggestions?

  • 1
    A case in praise of... isn't idiomatic. A case for and in praise of simply express different meanings. First you have to decide what you want to say. – userr2684291 Jun 19 '18 at 13:22

It is extremely difficult to answer a question so murky.

First, the idiom make a case for {noun or gerund} means to present an argument in support of {noun or gerund}}. In the meaning of case as an argument, it must be followed by for or against.

Second, case in the sense of example usually takes of rather than in.

Third, sentence fragments such as yours are discouraged because, lacking a verb, they have little meaning outside of context. You have given very little context.

Fourth, what meaning do you actually intend? Are you trying to say to say that a particular case shows that dishonesty is always praiseworthy? Then say so. Are you trying to say that a particular case shows that dishonesty is sometimes praiseworthy? Then say so.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.