noun, plural ap·o·si·o·pe·ses [ap-uh-sahy-uh-pee-seez] /ˌæp əˌsaɪ əˈpi siz/. Rhetoric.
Origin of aposiopesis
Examples from the Web for aposiopesis
There is either an aposiopesis or a line lost after this; I think the latter.
There may have been, as Malone thought, a line lost here; but I rather think it is an aposiopesis.
The aposiopesis was alarming, and Blarden's direction was obeyed instantaneously.The Cock and Anchor|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
There is perhaps an aposiopesis here; otherwise I should incline to read touch, as Mr. Knight and Collier's folio also read.
Eustathius, and Clarke after him, understand an aposiopesis here, as if the speaker meant to say—what if there should be?The Odyssey of Homer|Homer
British Dictionary definitions for aposiopesis
noun plural -ses (-siːz)
Word Origin for aposiopesis
Word Origin and History for aposiopesis
rhetorical artifice wherein the speaker suddenly breaks off in the middle of a sentence, 1570s, from Latin, from Greek aposiopesis "a becoming silent," also as a rhetorical figure, from apo- (see apo-) + siope "silence."