Definition and Example of Proslepsis

Proslepsis (from the Greek, literally “a full addition of what is professed to be ignored” ), is a specific term given to the figure ParalipsisOpens in new window, when it is taken beyond its appropriate measure; in which case, the interlocutor after professing to ignore the matter, proceeds extensively to provide every known detail of it.

Proslepsis is by the Latins, known as Assumptio, “an assuming,” or “taking to,” and Circumductio, “a leading round”.

A Classic Example

  1. It would be unseemly for me to dwell on Senator Kennedy's drinking or womanizing, or to call your attention to the recent scandal regarding the purported rape at Au Bar where, some have said, he has passed the torch of alcoholism and womanizing to a new generation.
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