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apophasis

[uh-pof-uh-sis] /əˈpɒf ə sɪs/
noun, Rhetoric
1.
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
1650-1660
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/
noun
1.
(rhetoric) the device of mentioning a subject by stating that it will not be mentioned: I shall not discuss his cowardice or his treachery
Word Origin
C17: via Latin from Greek: denial, from apo- + phanai to say
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