accismus


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accismus

Rhetoric. an affected or false refusal.
See also: Lies and Lying
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accismus Greek akkismos prudery, a derivative of akkizesthai to feign ignorance
The fox's dismissal of the grapes in the Aesop fable of the fox and the grapes is an example of accismus. A classic example is that of Caesar's initial refusal to accept the crown, a circumstance reported by one of the conspirators in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.