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aposiopesis definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: breaking off in the middle of a sentence (as by writers of realistic conversations)

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural aposiopeses) Etymology: Late Latin, from Greek aposi?p?sis, from aposi?pan to be fully silent, from apo- + si?pan to be silent, from si?p? silence Date: 1555 the leaving of a thought incomplete usually by a sudden breaking off (as in “his behavior was—but I blush to mention that”) • aposiopetic adjective

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Aposiopesis Ap`o*si`o*pe"sis (?; 277), n. [L., fr. Gr. ?, from ? to be quite silent.] (Rhet.) A figure of speech in which the speaker breaks off suddenly, as if unwilling or unable to state what was in his mind; as, ``I declare to you that his conduct -- but I can not speak of that, here.''



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