Paraleipsis
Paraleipsis Par`a*leip"sis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to leave on one side, to omit; para` beside + ? to leave.] (Rhet.) A pretended or apparent omission; a figure by which a speaker artfully pretends to pass by what he really mentions; as, for example, if an orator should say, ``I do not speak of my adversary's scandalous venality and rapacity, his brutal conduct, his treachery and malice.'' [Written also {paralepsis}, {paralepsy}, {paralipsis}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • paraleipsis — [par΄əlip′sispar΄ə līp′sis] n. pl. paraleipses [par΄ə līp′sēz΄] [Gr, omission < para ,PARA 1 + leipein, to leave: see LOAN] a rhetorical device in which a point is stressed by suggesting that it is too obvious or well known to mention, as in… …   English World dictionary

  • paraleipsis — Preterition Pre ter*i tion (?; 277), n. [L. praeteritio: cf. F. pr[ e]t[ e]rition.] 1. The act of passing, or going past; the state of being past. Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] 2. (Rhet.) A figure by which, in pretending to pass over anything, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • paraleipsis — noun suggesting by deliberately concise treatment that much of significance is omitted • Syn: ↑paralepsis, ↑paralipsis, ↑preterition • Hypernyms: ↑rhetorical device * * * paraleipsis, paralepsis see paralipsis …   Useful english dictionary

  • paraleipsis — /par euh luyp sis/, n., pl. paraleipses / seez/. paralipsis. * * * …   Universalium

  • paraleipsis — noun /ˌpær.əˈliːp.sɪs,ˌpær.əˈleɪp.sɪs/ A figure of speech in which one pretends to ignore or omit something by actually mentioning it Example: I wont mention the difficulty of finding good definitions for old fashioned words …   Wiktionary

  • paraleipsis — para·leip·sis …   English syllables

  • paraleipsis —   n. rhetorical device of emphasizing thing by omitting it or mentioning it only cursorily …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • paralepsis — Paraleipsis Par a*leip sis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to leave on one side, to omit; para beside + ? to leave.] (Rhet.) A pretended or apparent omission; a figure by which a speaker artfully pretends to pass by what he really mentions; as, for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • paralepsy — Paraleipsis Par a*leip sis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to leave on one side, to omit; para beside + ? to leave.] (Rhet.) A pretended or apparent omission; a figure by which a speaker artfully pretends to pass by what he really mentions; as, for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • paralipsis — Paraleipsis Par a*leip sis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to leave on one side, to omit; para beside + ? to leave.] (Rhet.) A pretended or apparent omission; a figure by which a speaker artfully pretends to pass by what he really mentions; as, for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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