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ˌæp əˌsaɪ əˈpi sɪsapo·siope·sis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aposiopesisnoun

    breaking off in the middle of a sentence (as by writers of realistic conversations)

Wiktionary

  1. aposiopesisnoun

    An abrupt breaking-off in speech.

    Etymology: From aposiopesis, from ἀποσιώπησις, from ἀποσιωπάω, from ἀπό + σιωπάω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aposiopesisnoun

    a figure of speech in which the speaker breaks off suddenly, as if unwilling or unable to state what was in his mind; as, "I declare to you that his conduct -- but I can not speak of that, here."

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. , from to be quite silent.]

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  1. Aposiopesis

    Aposiopesis is a figure of speech wherein a sentence is deliberately broken off and left unfinished, the ending to be supplied by the imagination, giving an impression of unwillingness or inability to continue. An example would be the threat "Get out, or else—!" This device often portrays its users as overcome with passion or modesty. To mark the occurrence of aposiopesis with punctuation, an em dash or an ellipsis may be used.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Aposiopesis

    a-po-si-o-pē′sis, n. a figure by which the speaker suddenly stops as though unable or unwilling to proceed, e.g. Virgil, Æneid, i. 135, 'Quos ego——' [Gr.;—apo-siōpa-ein, to keep silent, apo and siōpē, silence.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aposiopesis in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aposiopesis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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