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Monday, September 05, 2011

Definitions for paralipsis

  1. The suggestion, by deliberately brief treatment of a topic, that much of significance is being omitted, as in "not to mention other faults."

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Citations for paralipsis
"I need not tell you," he deplored, sinking to paralipsis, "that there resides in almost every one of 'em the unconscious desire not to grow up. Millard Kaufman, Bowl of Cherries: A Novel
"Your question, which is really more paralipsis, than question, suggests that I suspect you, doesn't it?" Rich Jackson, Beyond the Mast
Origin of paralipsis
Paralipsis owes its English sense to the Greek paraleíp(ein), "to leave on one side."