para·​leip·​sis | \ ˌparəˈlīpsə̇s, -lāp- \
variants: or paralepsis \ -​lep-​ \ or paralipsis \ -​lip-​ \
plural paraleipses or paralepses or paralipses\ -​p(ˌ)sēz \

Definition of paraleipsis

: a passing over with brief mention in order to emphasize rhetorically the suggestiveness of what is omitted (as in “I confine to this page the volume of his treacheries and debaucheries”)

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History and Etymology for paraleipsis

Late Latin & Greek; Late Latin paraleipsis, paralipsis, from Greek paraleipsis neglect, omission, paraleipsis, from paraleipein to neglect, omit, leave untold (from para- para- entry 1 + leipein to leave) + -sis

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“Paraleipsis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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