Aposiopesis meaning

ăpə-sīə-pēsĭs
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A sudden breaking off of a thought in the middle of a sentence, as though the speaker were unwilling or unable to continue.
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A sudden breaking off of a thought in the middle of a sentence as if one were unable or unwilling to continue (Ex.: the horrors I saw there—but I dare not tell them)
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(rhetoric) An abrupt breaking-off in speech.
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Origin of aposiopesis

  • Late Latin aposiōpēsis from Greek from aposiōpān to become silent apo- intensive pref. apo– siōpān to be silent (from siōpē silence)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin aposiopesis, from Ancient Greek ἀποσιώπησις (aposiopesis), from ἀποσιωπάω (aposiōpaō, “be silent”), from ἀπό (apo, “off, from”) + σιωπάω (siōpaō, “to be silent”).

    From Wiktionary