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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Giving Beyond the Gift: Apophasis and Overcoming Theomania.
Obscurity, Apophasis, and the Critical Imagination: The Unsayable in Heart of Darkness.
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This is the rhetorical device of apophasis, in which the speaker or writer gives stealthy prominence to an idea by seeming to reject it.
He explains that evocative communication recurrently appears in mystical non-fictional writings, where it is classified into apophasis and kataphasis.
coercion and the rhetorical question through No-No Boy, apophasis and necessity through China Men, catachresis and error through BluAEs Hanging, and allegory and deceit through Native Speaker.
Despite her link between cosmic beginnings and the womb there and in her 2010 essay "Tangles of Unknowing," (70) her most recent work seeks an apophasis of gender, described as an unknowing and unsaying of gender and sexes, in order to embrace "the manifold," a position she calls "transfeminism.
Ha hecho escolios morales, y traducido el libro de Secretis secretorum de Aristoteles; La exhortacion a la constancia cristiana; La declamacion por la Providencia contra la Fortuna; La version de Eustacio en los sucesos de Ismenes; La jornada del Principe de Gales a Espana; El Apophasis de Protectoribus & Praepositis; ElDipthycon Toletanum; y muchas cosas en prosa y verso, como son la Primer semana, la Casa de campo de Madrid; pero, sobre todo, la Zeatropania Mystarum Hesperiae (31).
41) What is of most interest to me here, however, is that for Dionysius, as for the Christian tradition as a whole, apophasis always comes together with what Dionysius called cataphasis, the saying or naming of God.
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