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  • n. 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".

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.”

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See paralipsis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. suggesting by deliberately concise treatment that much of significance is omitted

Etymologies

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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