Definition of Aposiopesis

1. Noun. Breaking off in the middle of a sentence (as by writers of realistic conversations).

Generic synonyms: Rhetorical Device
Derivative terms: Aposiopetic



Definition of Aposiopesis

1. n. A figure of speech in which the speaker breaks off suddenly, as if unwilling or unable to state what was in his mind; as, "I declare to you that his conduct -- but I can not speak of that, here."

Definition of Aposiopesis

1. Noun. (rhetoric) An abrupt breaking-off in speech. ¹

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Definition of Aposiopesis

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Aposiopesis

aporically
aporioneurosis
aporosa
aporose
aporphine
aporphines
aport
apos
aposelene
aposematic
aposematic coloration
aposematically
aposematism
aposematisms
aposiopeses
aposiopesis (current term)
aposiopestic
aposiopetic
apositia
apositias
apositic
aposome
aposporic
apospories
aposporous
apospory
apostacies
apostacy
apostacys
apostasies

Literary usage of Aposiopesis

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1. English Grammar: The English Language in Its Elements and Forms ; with a by William Chauncey Fowler (1855)
"Application. He that catches at more than belongs to him, justly deserves to lose what he has. aposiopesis. § 580. aposiopesis, from the Greek ..."

2. A Grammar of the Idiom of the New Testament by Georg Benedikt Winer, Gottlieb Lünemann, Edward Masson, Joseph Henry Thayer (1877)
"As an aposiopesis opa /tu; might also be regarded in Rev. xix. ... also a species of aposiopesis. In unimpassioned style, Paul would have said : thanks be ..."

3. Elements of English Composition, Grammatical, Rhetorical, Logical, and by James Robert Boyd (1874)
"aposiopesis. Hyperbaton, or Transposition, is an arrangement of words for rhetorical effect, different from that which grammar or logic would prescribe; ..."

4. Notes and dissertations principally on difficulties in the scriptures of the by Albert Henry Wratislaw (1863)
"And the aposiopesis is supplied from what follows; or it might be supplied ... Or the aposiopesis might be filled up by " we are bound," as in Mark vii. 11. ..."

5. A Grammar of the New Testament Greek by Alexander Buttmann (1873)
"... uttered after the manner of an aposiopesis (no. 26 p. 396) and left incomplete: Rev. xix. 10 ; xxii. 9. c) To the instances where an entire thought or a ..."

6. The Art of Discourse: A System of Rhetoric, Adapted for Use in Colleges and by Henry Noble Day (1872)
"... aposiopesis and Sententiousness. 346. INVERSION is a figure in which the arrangement of the parts of a sentence is changed from the usual syntactical ..."

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