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noun (aposiopeses)
  1. (rhetoric) An abrupt breaking-off in speech.
  • 1760: "My sister, mayhap, quoth my uncle Toby, does not choose to let a man come so near her
  • " Make this dash,"""tis an Aposiopesis."Take the dash away, and write Backside,""tis Bawdy. " Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Penguin 2003, p. 89)
  • 1982: This somewhat abrupt ending (or ) is caused by a previous movement from the figure on the bed. (Fowles, Mantissa)
  • Etymology: Latin aposiopesisLatin, aposiopesis, from Greek á, from "be silent".

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