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n. pl. ap·o·si·o·pe·ses (-sēz)
A sudden breaking off of a thought in the middle of a sentence, as though the speaker were unwilling or unable to continue.
[Late Latin aposiōpēsis, from Greek, from aposiōpān, to become silent : apo-, intensive pref.; see apo- + siōpān, to be silent (from siōpē, silence).]
ap′o·si′o·pet′ic (-pĕt′ĭk) adj.
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n, pl -ses (-siːz)
(Rhetoric) rhetoric the device of suddenly breaking off in the middle of a sentence as if unwilling to continue
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek, from aposiōpaein to be totally silent, from siōpaein to be silent]
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ap•o•si•o•pe•sis(ˌæp əˌsaɪ əˈpi sɪs)
n., pl. -ses (-sēz).
a sudden breaking off in the midst of a thought, as if from inability or unwillingness to proceed, as in “You'll never believe - but of course you won't.”
[1570–80; < Late Latin < Greek: literally, a full silence <apo- apo- + siōpáein to be silent]
ap`o•si`o•pet′ic (-ˈpɛt ɪk) adj.
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aposiopesis- Stopping in the middle of a statement upon realizing that someone's feelings are hurt or about to be hurt; when a sentence trails off or falls silent, that is an aposiopesis.
See also related terms for hurt.
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a sudden breaking off in the middle of a sentence as if unable or unwilling to proceed. — aposiopetic, adj.See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
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The act of breaking off midway through a sentence as if unwilling or unable to continue .
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|Noun||1.||aposiopesis - breaking off in the middle of a sentence (as by writers of realistic conversations)|
rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
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