breaking off of a thought in the middle of a sentence as if one were unable
or unwilling to continue (Ex
.: the horrors
there—but I dare
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Word origin of 'aposiopesis'L < Gr aposiōpēsis < aposiōpan, to be silent < apo-, from + siōpan, to be silent