aposiopesis /ˌapə(ʊ)ˌsʌɪəˈpiːsɪs/

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I. noun [ mass noun]

1.
[Rhetoric] the device of suddenly breaking off in speech.

in coping with the unsaid and unsayable, oral history is impelled towards aposiopesis.
II. derivatives

aposiopetic
adjective


– origin late 16th cent.: via Latin from Greek aposiōpēsis, from aposiōpan ‘be silent’.

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