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Paralipsis Definition & Examples – 601 Words

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/ˌparəˈlɪpsɪs/ (noun)

Paralipsis definition

a rhetorical device in literature to puts emphasis on a topic by deliberately not mentioning it in a conscious and mindful way to show that the topic is too obvious and it doesn’t need extra information. In expressing paralipsis, usually we use the term, not to mention …


Paralipsis is from the Greek word paraleipein, which means “to omit,” or “to leave something on one side.” It is defined as a rhetorical device in which an idea is deliberately suggested through a brief treatment of a subject, while most of the significant points are omitted. It is explained through the use of this device that some points are too obvious to mention. Also, paralipsis is a way of emphasizing a subject by apparently passing over it.

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