noun, plural ap·o·si·o·pe·ses [ap-uh-sahy-uh-pee-seez]. /ˌæp əˌsaɪ əˈpi siz/. Rhetoric.
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Origin of aposiopesis
OTHER WORDS FROM aposiopesisap·o·si·o·pet·ic [ap-uh-sahy-uh-pet-ik], /ˌæp əˌsaɪ əˈpɛt ɪk/, adjective
Words nearby aposiopesis
Example sentences from the Web for aposiopesis
The aposiopesis was alarming, and Blarden's direction was obeyed instantaneously.The Cock and Anchor|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Though in my edition I have made here an aposiopesis, I think it more probable that a line has been lost.
There may have been, as Malone thought, a line lost here; but I rather think it is an aposiopesis.
There is either an aposiopesis or a line lost after this; I think the latter.
There may be a line lost here; I make in preference an aposiopesis.