paraleipsis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n paraleipsis suggesting by deliberately concise treatment that much of significance is omitted
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Paraleipsis (Rhet) A pretended or apparent omission; a figure by which a speaker artfully pretends to pass by what he really mentions; as, for example, if an orator should say, “I do not speak of my adversary's scandalous venality and rapacity, his brutal conduct, his treachery and malice.”
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n paraleipsis See paralipsis.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Paraleipsis par-a-līp′sis (rhet.) a figure by which one fixes attention on a subject by pretending to neglect it, as, 'I will not speak of his generosity, his gentleness of disposition, or his reverence for sacred things.'
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. , fr. to leave on one side, to omit; para` beside + to leave
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr., from paraleipein, to leave on one side—para, beside, leipein, to leave.