the suggestion, by deliberately concise treatment of a topic, that much of significance is being omitted, as in “not to mention other faults.”
- Also called preterition.
- Also par·a·leip·sis [par-uh-lahyp-sis], /ˌpær əˈlaɪp sɪs/, par·a·lep·sis [par-uh-lep-sis] /ˌpær əˈlɛp sɪs/ .
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British Dictionary definitions for paralipsis
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
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