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  • Paralipsis (sometimes paraleipsis and paralepsis) is a rhetorical device used to bring attention to something while feigning ignorance of it. It's from the Greek, meaning to pass by.

    Example: "My opponent's sexual indiscretions are irrelevant and in no way affect his ability to perform the duties of the office."

    "I wouldn't mention my chalet in Gstaad if I thought you were the kind of girl who would be impressed by such things."

    July 28, 2009