aposiopesis

[ ap-uh-sahy-uh-pee-sis ]SEE DEFINITION OF aposiopesis
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His aposiopesis suggested that there would be uproar and danger to life.

The aposiopesis was alarming, and Blarden's direction was obeyed instantaneously.

Eustathius, and Clarke after him, understand an aposiopesis here, as if the speaker meant to say—what if there should be?

Though in my edition I have made here an aposiopesis, I think it more probable that a line has been lost.

There may have been, as Malone thought, a line lost here; but I rather think it is an aposiopesis.

There is either an aposiopesis or a line lost after this; I think the latter.

The aposiopesis here is in character with Hotspur, but there may be a line or more lost.

There may be a line lost here; I make in preference an aposiopesis.

The aposiopesis, so suited to the hasty, impetuous character of the speaker, makes all clear.

A line at least has, I think, been left out after the first; or there may be an aposiopesis.

WORD ORIGIN

rhetorical artifice wherein the speaker suddenly breaks off in the middle of a sentence, 1570s, from Latin, from Greek aposiopesis "a becoming silent," also as a rhetorical figure, from apo- (see apo-) + siope "silence."

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