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Allusion to something by denying that it will be mentioned, as in I will not bring up my opponent's questionable financial dealings.
[Late Latin, from Greek, from apophanai, to say no : apo-, apo- + phanai, to say; see bhā- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Rhetoric) rhetoric the device of mentioning a subject by stating that it will not be mentioned: I shall not discuss his cowardice or his treachery.
[C17: via Latin from Greek: denial, from apo- + phanai to say]
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apophasis- Mentioning a subject by saying one is not going to mention it.
See also related terms for mention.
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a spoken or written figure in which an assertion is made in the midst of a denial, as in Mark Antony’s funeral speech for Caesar. Also called paralipsis. — apophasic, adj.See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
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The deliberate mentioning of a subject by saying that it will not be mentioned.
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|Noun||1.||apophasis - mentioning something by saying it will not be mentioned|
rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
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