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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  • JM really doesn’t want to use the word ‘accismus’, really he doesn’t – oh all right then he will!

    March 5, 2009

  • I simply couldn't ...

    June 3, 2008

  • Rhetorical device of pretending to refuse.

    May 16, 2008

  • It works every time. . .well, maybe not every time, but this time.

    June 17, 2007

  • No, never mind. I don't want you to add this to your Wordie list...

    March 1, 2007