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aposiopesis


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Aposiopesis  \Ap`o*si`o*pe"sis\  (?;  277),  n.  [L.,  fr  Gr  ?,  from 
  ?  to  be  quite  silent.]  (Rhet.) 
  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.'' 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  aposiopesis 
  n  :  breaking  off  in  the  middle  of  a  sentence  (as  by  writers  of 
  realistic  conversations) 




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