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  • n. paraleipsis


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  • Paralipsis, also known as praeteritio, preterition, cataphasis, antiphrasis, or parasiopesis, is a rhetorical figure of speech wherein the speaker or writer invokes a subject by denying that it should be invoked.

    Obama says George Bush is "a good guy," "a good man," and "a good person."

  • Within those comments is the word "praeteritio," which caused me to look it up.

    Obama says George Bush is "a good guy," "a good man," and "a good person."

  • The abstract definition of irony as saying the “con - trary” of what one means, the most popular formula from Cicero and Quintilian on, led the rhetoricians and others occasionally to extend the opposition beyond praise and blame to logical contraries which might not involve praise or blame, such as praeteritio and negatio.


  • Matthew, this is a brilliant example of praeteritio.

    Matthew Yglesias » Bygones

  • Now, Augustine is indulging in a kind of meta-version of what's called praeteritio — bringing something up by saying how you're not going to bring it up.

    That's the moment I woke up, thank the Lord

  • = As Professor E. Fantham points out to me, this _praeteritio_ takes the place of a full _aristeia_ detailing

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • Calling on the politician's ancient rhetorical device of praeteritio, Etheridge somehow managed to serve up his long day as an excuse.

    Power Line


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