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paralipsis Line breaks: para|lip¦sis
Pronunciation: /ˌparəˈlɪpsɪs/

Definition of paralipsis in English:


[mass noun] Rhetoric
The device of giving emphasis by professing to say little or nothing of a subject, as in not to mention their unpaid debts of several millions.
Example sentences
  • ‘This is a rhetorician's little joke, Wittenberg comments, ‘based in the self-effacing irony of paralipsis’.
  • Typically, a paralipsis is introduced by phrases such as "we need say nothing of" or "not to mention," as in: "The restaurant was dirty and noisy, not to mention the waiters."
  • It is of greater advantage to create a suspicion by paralipsis [occulte fecisse] than to insist directly on a statement that is refutable.


Late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek paraleipsis 'passing over', from paraleipein 'omit', from para- 'aside' + leipein 'to leave'.

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