apophasis

apophasis

[uh-pof-uh-sis]
noun Rhetoric.
denial of one's intention to speak of a subject that is at the same time named or insinuated, as “I shall not mention Caesar's avarice, nor his cunning, nor his morality.”

Origin:
1650–60; < Late Latin < Greek: a denial, equivalent to apópha(nai) to say no, deny (apo- apo- + phánai to say) + -sis -sis

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apophasis (əˈpɒfəsɪs)
 
n
rhetoric the device of mentioning a subject by stating that it will not be mentioned: I shall not discuss his cowardice or his treachery
 
[C17: via Latin from Greek: denial, from apo- + phanai to say]

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