noun, plural aposiopeses [ap-uh-sahy-uh-pee-seez] . Rhetoric.
a sudden breaking off in the midst of a sentence, as if from inability or unwillingness to proceed.

1570–80; < Late Latin < Greek: literally, a full silence, equivalent to aposiōpē- (verbid stem of aposiōpáein to be fully silent; apo- apo- + siōpáein to be silent) + -sis -sis

aposiopetic [ap-uh-sahy-uh-pet-ik] , adjective
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aposiopesis (ˌæpəʊˌsaɪəˈpiːsɪs)
n , pl -ses
rhetoric the device of suddenly breaking off in the middle of a sentence as if unwilling to continue
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek, from aposiōpaein to be totally silent, from siōpaein to be silent]

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