- 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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- 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
C16: via Late Latin from Greek: neglect, from paraleipein to leave aside, from para- 1 + leipein to leave
Word Origin and History for paralipsis
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