paraleipsis


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par·a·lip·sis

 (păr′ə-lĭp′sĭs) or par·a·leip·sis (-līp′-) or par·a·lep·sis (-lĕp′-)
n. pl. par·a·lip·ses (-sēz) or par·a·leip·ses or par·a·lep·ses

[Late Latin paralīpsis, from Greek paraleipsis, omission, apophasis, from paraleipein, to leave to the side, omit : para-, para- + leipein, to leave; see leikw in Indo-European roots.]
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Noun1.paraleipsis - suggesting by deliberately concise treatment that much of significance is omitted
rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
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It would appear that this passage is essentially a use of the rhetorical device of paraleipsis to portray John Haley as "a hardened, smart" youth while ostensibly