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aposiopesis

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noun ap·o·si·o·pe·sis \ˌa-pə-ˌsī-ə-ˈpē-səs\

Definition of aposiopesis

plural aposiopesesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. :  the leaving of a thought incomplete usually by a sudden breaking off (as in “his behavior was—but I blush to mention that”)

aposiopetic play \-ˈpe-tik\ adjective


Origin of aposiopesis

Late Latin, from Greek aposiōpēsis, from aposiōpan to be fully silent, from apo- + siōpan to be silent, from siōpē silence


First Known Use: 1555


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