Definitions

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  • n. Feigning disinterest in something while actually desiring it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Affected refusal; coyness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In rhetoric, a feigned refusal; an ironical dissimulation.

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek ἀκκισμός (akkismos, "prudery") (Wiktionary)

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    March 5, 2009

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    June 3, 2008

  • Rhetorical device of pretending to refuse.

    May 16, 2008

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    June 17, 2007

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    March 1, 2007