from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Allusion to something by denying that it will be mentioned, as in I will not bring up my opponent's questionable financial dealings.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An allusion to something by denying that it will be mentioned
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A figure by which a speaker formally declines to take notice of a favorable point, but in such a manner as to produce the effect desired. [For example, see Mark Antony's oration. Shak., Julius Cæsar, iii. 2.]
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, denial of an intention to speak of something which is at the same time hinted or insinuated; paralipsis (which see).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. mentioning something by saying it will not be mentioned
Late Latin, from Greek, from apophanai, to say no : apo-, apo- + phanai, to say; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἀπόφασις (apophasis), via Latin apophasis. (Wiktionary)