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paraleipsis definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: suggesting by deliberately concise treatment that much of significance is omitted [syn: paralepsis, paraleipsis, paralipsis, preterition]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Paraleipsis Par`a*leip"sis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to leave on one side, to omit; ? beside + ? to leave.] (Rhet.) A pretended or apparent omission; a figure by which a speaker artfully pretends to pass by what he really mentions; as, for example, if an orator should say, ``I do not speak of my adversary's scandalous venality and rapacity, his brutal conduct, his treachery and malice.'' [Written also paralepsis, paralepsy, paralipsis.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Preterition Pre`ter*i"tion (?; 277), n. [L. praeteritio: cf. F. pr['e]t['e]rition.] 1. The act of passing, or going past; the state of being past. --Bp. Hall. 2. (Rhet.) A figure by which, in pretending to pass over anything, a summary mention of it is made; as, ``I will not say, he is valiant, he is learned, he is just.'' Called also paraleipsis. 3. (Law) The omission by a testator of some one of his heirs who is entitled to a portion. --Bouvier.




 


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