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August 01, 2016


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I was confused for a moment because I only knew the second definition of apophasis (at least according to dictionary.com http://www.dictionary.com/browse/apophasis ): the approach of defining God by exploring what She is not. It's an important part of the theology of Orthodox Christianity. LanguageLog went with praeteritio when covering Trump's usage against De Blasio.

Apophysis is also used by stand-up comics. Eg., "I'm not saying he's stupid, but..."

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