[ ap-uh-sahy-uh-pee-sis ]
/ 藢忙p 蓹藢sa瑟 蓹藞pi s瑟s /
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noun, plural ap路o路si路o路pe路ses [ap-uh-sahy-uh-pee-seez]. /藢忙p 蓹藢sa瑟 蓹藞pi siz/. Rhetoric.
a sudden breaking off in the midst of a sentence, as if from inability or unwillingness to proceed.
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Origin of aposiopesis

1570鈥80; <Late Latin <Greek: literally, a full silence, equivalent to aposi艒p膿- (verbid stem of aposi艒p谩ein to be fully silent; apo-apo- + si艒p谩ein to be silent) + -sis-sis

OTHER WORDS FROM aposiopesis

ap路o路si路o路pet路ic [ap-uh-sahy-uh-pet-ik], /藢忙p 蓹藢sa瑟 蓹藞p蓻t 瑟k/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for aposiopesis

/ (藢忙p蓹蕣藢sa瑟蓹藞pi藧s瑟s) /

noun plural -ses (-si藧z)
rhetoric the device of suddenly breaking off in the middle of a sentence as if unwilling to continue

Derived forms of aposiopesis

aposiopetic (藢忙p蓹蕣藢sa瑟蓹藞p蓻t瑟k), adjective

Word Origin for aposiopesis

C16: via Late Latin from Greek, from aposi艒paein to be totally silent, from si艒paein to be silent
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