from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A pretended or suggested omission for rhetorical effect, usually introduced by “I say nothing of,” “not to mention,” or the like.

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

  • noun See paraleipsis.

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

  • noun rhetoric, linguistics Alternative spelling of paraleipsis.

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

  • noun suggesting by deliberately concise treatment that much of significance is omitted


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  • Since it would belabor the obvious to mention that he was a convert to Islam, we'll use paralipsis instead.

    Two Murders, Two Statements

  • A less charitable observer, or one less inclined to paralipsis, might characterize Obama's book royalties as more of a "get-rich-quick scheme" than a "quality product."

    A Loan in the Crowd

  • In a tidy bit of paralipsis, I'm not going to mention

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  • In a tidy bit of paralipsis, I'm not going to mention

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  • Thanks Anon. Yeah, maybe I did miss the 'satire "but it is pretty hard to get some of this humor when you have so much paralipsis lately from Kerrey and WJClinton ... and not to mention the outright slander.

    Obama Hits Hillary In New Hampshire Mailer

  • The term is 'backhanded COMPLIMENT "... there is no such thing as a backhanded insult ... an insult is an insult ... but you can phrase an insult as a compliment or engage in paralipsis also known as' damning with faint praise '

    Bob Kerrey Apologizes To Obama

  • Not the first time you’ve demonstrated your affection for paralipsis.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Sotomayor vs. the Second Amendment, Part II:


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  • “Not to mention…”

    I think I learnt this as paralepsis, which is a fair variation, but -lipsis is the Latin and commonest English form.

    December 18, 2007