Definition for A-POS-I-O-PE'SIS, or A-POS-I-O'PE-SY

A-POS-I-O-PE'SIS, or A-POS-I-O'PE-SY, n. [Gr. αποσιωπησις, of απο, and σιωπαω, to be silent.]

Reticency or suppression; as when a speaker for some cause, as fear, sorrow, or anger, suddenly breaks off his discourse, before it is ended; or speaks of a thing, when he makes a show as if he would say nothing on the subject; or aggravates what he pretends to conceal, by uttering a part and leaving the remainder to be understood. Smith. Johnson. Encyc.

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