variants or paralepsis
or paralipsis
plural paraleipses or paralepses or paralipses
: 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")

Word History


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 21 May. 2024.

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