Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See paralipsis.
- n. rhetoric, linguistics A figure of speech in which one pretends to ignore or omit something by actually mentioning it, as in: "I do not speak of my adversary's scandalous venality and rapacity, his brutal conduct, his treachery and malice".
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Rhet.) A pretended or apparent omission; a figure by which a speaker artfully pretends to pass by what he really mentions; as, for example, if an orator should say, “I do not speak of my adversary's scandalous venality and rapacity, his brutal conduct, his treachery and malice.”
- n. suggesting by deliberately concise treatment that much of significance is omitted
- From Ancient Greek παράλειψις (paraleipsis, "omission"), from παραλείπω (paraleipō, "I pass over"), from παρά (para, "by, near") + λείπω (leipō, "I leave"). (Wiktionary)
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““I shall not introduce—the rhetoricians call this paraleipsis—the wonderful woman sitting, appropriately, on my left, Mrs. Robert Kennedy.””
“That is an example of paraleipsis, the rhetorical technique of pointing something out by asserting you will not point it out, often preceded by the phrase “not to mention.””
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“Don’t even mention," a locution known in rhetoric as a paraleipsis.”
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