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a•poph•a•sis  (ə pofə sis),USA pronunciation n. [Rhet.]
  1. Rhetoricdenial of one's intention to speak of a subject that is at the same time named or insinuated, as "I shall not mention Caesar's avarice, nor his cunning, nor his morality.''
  • Greek: a denial, equivalent. to apópha(nai) to say no, deny (apo- apo- + phánai to say) + -sis -sis
  • Late Latin
  • 1650–60

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