Word of the Day Archive
Monday September 5, 2011
The suggestion, by deliberately brief treatment of a topic, that much of significance is being omitted, as in "not to mention other faults."
"I need not tell you," he deplored, sinking to paralipsis, "that there resides in almost every one of 'em the unconscious desire not to grow up.
-- Millard Kaufman, Bowl of Cherries: A Novel
"Your question, which is really more paralipsis, than question, suggests that I suspect you, doesn't it?"
-- Rich Jackson, Beyond the Mast
Paralipsis owes its English sense to the Greek paraleíp(ein), "to leave on one side."