What is Occupatio?

Occupatio (also known as “Occultatio,” “paralipsis,” “apophasis,” “praeteritio.”), is an act of pretense where what the speaker pretends not to mention is at the same time really affirmed or insinuated: thus, “I say nothing of your midnight debaucheries, I pass over your riotous and indecorous conduct.”

Occupatio is a synonym for Apophasis. See ApophasisOpens in new window

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