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 (păr′ə-lĭp′sĭs) or par·a·leip·sis (-līp′-) or par·a·lep·sis (-lĕp′-)
n. pl. par·a·lip·ses (-sēz) or par·a·leip·ses or par·a·lep·ses

[Late Latin paralīpsis, from Greek paraleipsis, omission, apophasis, from paraleipein, to leave to the side, omit : para-, para- + leipein, to leave; see leikw in Indo-European roots.]


(ˌpærəˈlɪpsɪs) or


n, pl -ses (-siːz)
(Rhetoric) a rhetorical device in which an idea is emphasized by the pretence that it is too obvious to discuss, as in there are many drawbacks to your plan, not to mention the cost
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek: neglect, from paraleipein to leave aside, from para-1 + leipein to leave]


The emphasizing of something by pretending that it does not have to be mentioned.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paralipsis - suggesting by deliberately concise treatment that much of significance is omitted
rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
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Later estate panegyrics tend towards length and effusiveness, filled out with digressions, elaborations, repetitions, and instances of throat-clearing paralipsis of the kind discussed above ("should I be so mad to go about / To give account of ev'ry thing throughout.
litote, paralipsis, to some extent occupation and, of course, plain lying.
El tipo clasico de paralipsis es, en el codigo de la focalizacion interna, la omision de tal accion o pensamiento importante del heroe focal, que ni el heroe ni el narrador pueden ignorar, pero que el narrador elige disimular al lector [.
Here is, for example, the long paralipsis with which Joseph de Peralta extols his brother Pedro in the preliminaries of the latter's Historia de la Espana vindicada.
The contextual gaps can be paralepsis (information in excess of what is called for by the logic of the type selected), analepses (to provide necessary information about a character or event, characteristically to fill in gaps (5)) or paralipsis (6) (the holding back of information that would be logically produced under the type of focalization selected).
But the very insistence on prolepses and other narrative distortions such as paralepsis (unnecessary but detailed information) and paralipsis (putting aside important information) only attest to the status of the story as a therapeutic construct that creates relations and bonds among the "story community".
Just as I was making a note to myself to e-mail someone from my former rhetoric department to find out what this trope was called, Roth announced that his friend Alain Finkelkraut had told him it was either paralipsis or proslepsis.
But even these lead frequently to listings of what ancient authority has to say about other urns--Frye's "piling up of enormous erudition"--and this leads to long discussions of how the contents of those lists--the contents just described and discussed--will not be discussed, in a kind of extended paralipsis or feigned omission.
With this classic use of a mixed paralipsis, or verbal irony, Colon's exasperation with his community's myopic "senoritas" is clear.
442), describing the paralipsis as articulating a sense of horror, "as if the potential matricide is the point at which we reach the genuinely unspeakable" (ibid.
Paralepsis, as against the previously defined paralipsis, involves the presentation of more information in a narrative that can be justified by strict reference to the ostensible narrative situation.
To achieve this effect, Joyce frequently writes in paralipsis, to adopt the term offered by Gerald Prince and Gerard Genette.