Definition of Paralipsis (Rhetorical Device)

Paralipsis 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.”

Paralipsis is the alternative Greek term for Apophasis. For comprehensive studies and practical examples, See ApophasisOpens in new window

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