from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In rhetoric, a feigned refusal; an ironical dissimulation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Rhet.) Affected refusal; coyness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun rhetoric Feigning disinterest in something while actually desiring it.


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From Ancient Greek ἀκκισμός (akkismos, "prudery")


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