ap·​o·​si·​o·​pe·​sis | \ ˌa-pə-ˌsī-ə-ˈpē-səs How to pronounce aposiopesis (audio) \
plural aposiopeses\ ˌa-​pə-​ˌsī-​ə-​ˈpē-​ˌsēz How to pronounce aposiopeses (audio) \

Definition of aposiopesis

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

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aposiopetic \ ˌa-​pə-​ˌsī-​ə-​ˈpe-​tik How to pronounce aposiopetic (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of aposiopesis

1577, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aposiopesis

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

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