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 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 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • 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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