Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Paralipsis'
n : suggesting by deliberately concise treatment that much of
significance is omitted [syn: paralepsis, paraleipsis,
- Paralipsis \Par`a*lip"sis\, n. [NL.]
- Paraleipsis \Par`a*leip"sis\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to leave
on one side, to omit; ? beside + ? to leave.] (Rhet.)
A pretended or apparent omission; a figure by which a speaker
artfully pretends to pass by what he really mentions; as, for
example, if an orator should say, ``I do not speak of my
adversary's scandalous venality and rapacity, his brutal
conduct, his treachery and malice.'' [Written also
paralepsis, paralepsy, paralipsis.]
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Paralipsis'
Apophasis (Late Latin, from Greek ἀπόφασις from ἀποφάναι - apophanai, "to say no") refers, in general, to "mention by not mentioning". Apophasis covers a wide variety of figures of speech.
Apophasis was originally and more broadly a method of logical reasoning or argument by denial — a way of describing what something is by explaining what it is not, or a process-of-elimination way of talking about something by talking about what it is not.
A useful inductive technique when given a limited universe of possibilities, the exclusion of all but the one remaining is affirmation through negation. The familiar guessing-game of Twenty Questions is an example of apophatic inquiry.
This sense has generally fallen into disuse and is frequently overlooked, although it is still current in certain contexts, such as mysticism and negative theology.[See more about Paralipsis at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]