apophasis

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a·poph·a·sis

 (ə-pŏf′ə-sĭs)
n.
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.]

apophasis

(əˈpɒfəsɪs)
n
(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]

apophasis

- Mentioning a subject by saying one is not going to mention it.
See also related terms for mention.

apophasis

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

apophasis

The deliberate mentioning of a subject by saying that it will not be mentioned.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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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