paralipsis

paralipsis

[par-uh-lip-sis]
noun, plural paralipses [par-uh-lip-seez] . Rhetoric.
the suggestion, by deliberately concise treatment of a topic, that much of significance is being omitted, as in “not to mention other faults.”
Also called preterition.


Origin:
1580–90; < Late Latin paralīpsis < Greek paráleipsis an omitting, equivalent to paraleíp(ein) to leave on one side (para- para-1 + leípein to leave) + -sis -sis

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paralipsis or paraleipsis (ˌpærəˈlɪpsɪs, ˌpærəˈlaɪpsɪs)
 
n , pl -ses
a rhetorical device in which an idea is emphasized by the pretence that it is too obvious to discuss, as in there are many drawbacks to your plan, not to mention the cost
 
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek: neglect, from paraleipein to leave aside, from para-1 + leipein to leave]
 
paraleipsis or paraleipsis (ˌpærəˈlɪpsɪs, ˌpærəˈlaɪpsɪs, -siːz)
 
n
 
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek: neglect, from paraleipein to leave aside, from para-1 + leipein to leave]

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