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Monday, September 05, 2011

paralipsis

\par-uh-LIP-sis\ , noun;
1.
The suggestion, by deliberately brief treatment of a topic, that much of significance is being omitted, as in "not to mention other faults."
Quotes:
"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
Origin:
Paralipsis owes its English sense to the Greek paraleíp(ein), "to leave on one side."
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