Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Allusion to something by denying that it will be mentioned, as in I will not bring up my opponent's questionable financial dealings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An allusion to something by denying that it will be mentioned

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A figure by which a speaker formally declines to take notice of a favorable point, but in such a manner as to produce the effect desired. [For example, see Mark Antony's oration. Shak., Julius Cæsar, iii. 2.]

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In rhetoric, denial of an intention to speak of something which is at the same time hinted or insinuated; paralipsis (which see).

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

  • n. mentioning something by saying it will not be mentioned

Etymologies

Late Latin, from Greek, from apophanai, to say no : apo-, apo- + phanai, to say; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἀπόφασις (apophasis), via Latin apophasis. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • In the spiritual tradition, apophasis refers to the process of knowing through unknowing. It can be understood as the deconstruction of knowing. It is the process of "letting go" all understanding and experiencing the Divine directly.

    July 28, 2012

  • to leap into mystery

    April 11, 2011

  • "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him . . ."

    March 3, 2009

  • - Seeming to be denying something while actually, really, affirming it.
    - Mentioning by denying mention.

    March 3, 2009

  • April 7, 2007