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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Er·o·te·sis n.  Rhet. A figure of speech by which a strong affirmation of the contrary, is implied under the form of an earnest interrogation, as in the following lines; -
 Must I give way and room to your rash choler?
 Shall I be frighted when a madman stares?   --Shak.