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


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)



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