noun, plural ap·o·si·o·pe·ses [ap-uh-sahy-uhpee-seez] /ˌæp əˌsaɪ əˈpi siz/. Rhetoric.

  1. a sudden breaking off in the midst of a sentence, as if from inability or unwillingness to proceed.

noun plural -ses (-siːz)

  1. rhetoric the device of suddenly breaking off in the middle of a sentence as if unwilling to continue

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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