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
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