meaning of aposiopesis

aposiopesis meaning in General Dictionary

A figure of address in which the presenter breaks down out of the blue as though unwilling or struggling to state what was in his mind's eye as ldquoI declare for you that their conduct but I can not discuss about it that hererdquo

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  • breaking down in the center of a phrase (as by article writers of practical conversations)
  • A figure of speech where speaker breaks down all of a sudden, just as if hesitant or not able to state that which was in his mind; as, "I declare to you personally that his conduct -- but i can't discuss about it that, right here."

aposiopesis meaning in Etymology Dictionary

rhetorical artifice wherein the presenter abruptly breaks down in the exact middle of a sentence, 1570s, from Latin, from Greek aposiopesis "a becoming quiet," also as a rhetorical figure, from apo- (see apo-) + siope "silence."


aposiopesis meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A figure of address in which the speaker breaks off all of a sudden, as if reluctant or not able to state what was in his mind; as, "we declare to you that his conduct -- but i can't discuss about it that, here."