apophasis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n apophasis mentioning something by saying it will not be mentioned
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Apophasis ȧ*pŏf"ȧ*sĭs (Rhet) A figure by which a speaker formally declines to take notice of a favorable point, but in such a manner as to produce the effect desired. [For example, see Mark Antony's oration. Shak., Julius Cæsar, iii. 2.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n apophasis In rhetoric, denial of an intention to speak of something which is at the same time hinted or insinuated; paralipsis (which see).
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. 'apo`fasis denial, fr. 'apofa`nai to speak out, to deny