[ par-uh-lip-sis ]
/ ˌpær əˈlɪp sɪs /
noun, plural par·a·lip·ses [par-uh-lip-seez] /ˌpær əˈlɪp siz/. Rhetoric.
the suggestion, by deliberately concise treatment of a topic, that much of significance is being omitted, as in “not to mention other faults.”
Origin of paralipsis
Also called preterition.
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British Dictionary definitions for paralipsis
/ (ˌpærəˈlɪpsɪs) /
noun plural -ses (-siːz)
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
Word Origin for paralipsis
C16: via Late Latin from Greek: neglect, from paraleipein to leave aside, from para- 1 + leipein to leave
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Word Origin and History for paralipsis
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