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  • aposiopetic — adjective Of or pertaining to aposiopesis. That sentence is aposiopetic because it does not complete speech with gesture …   Wiktionary

  • aposiopetic — adjective see aposiopesis …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • aposiopetic — ap·o·si·o·pet·ic …   English syllables

  • aposiopetic — adjective relating to or characteristic of aposiopesis • Pertains to noun: ↑aposiopesis • Derivationally related forms: ↑aposiopesis …   Useful english dictionary

  • aposiopesis — aposiopetic /ap euh suy euh pet ik/, adj. /ap euh suy euh pee sis/, n., pl. aposiopeses / seez/. Rhet. a sudden breaking off in the midst of a sentence, as if from inability or unwillingness to proceed. [1570 80; < LL < Gk: lit., a full silence,… …   Universalium

  • aposiopesis — noun (plural aposiopeses) Etymology: Late Latin, from Greek aposiōpēsis, from aposiōpan to be fully silent, from apo + siōpan to be silent, from siōpē silence Date: 1555 the leaving of a thought incomplete usually by a sudden breaking off (as in… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • aposiopesis — [ˌapə(ʊ)ˌsʌɪə pi:sɪs] noun (plural aposiopeses si:z) Rhetoric the device of suddenly breaking off in speech. Derivatives aposiopetic adjective Origin C16: via L. from Gk aposiōpēsis, from aposiōpan be silent …   English new terms dictionary

  • aposiopesis — /æpəsaɪəˈpisəs/ (say apuhsuyuh peesuhs) noun Rhetoric a sudden breaking off in the middle of a sentence, as if from unwillingness to proceed. {Latin, from Greek, aposiōpan be silent} –aposiopetic /ˌæpəsaɪəˈpɛtɪk/ (say .apuhsuyuh petik), adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • aposiopesis —   n. (pl. ses ), oratorical device of suddenly stopping in a speech.    ♦ aposiopetic, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • aposiopesis — [ap΄ō sī΄ō pē′sis, ap΄ə sī΄əpē′sis] n. [L < Gr aposiōpēsis < aposiōpan, to be silent < apo , from + siōpan, to be silent] a sudden breaking off of a thought in the middle of a sentence as if one were unable or unwilling to continue (Ex …   English World dictionary

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