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What is paralipsis?

 

Definition
 

Paralipsis is a kind of irony in which the speaker proposes not to speak of a matter, but still somehow reveals it.

Example (English)
 
  • I know who did it, but I won’t mention Bill’s name.
  • Generic
      Paralipsis is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Corbett 1971 490

     

    Gove 1966 1637


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