PRONUNCIATION: (ap-uh-sy-uh-PEE-sis)

MEANING: noun: An abrupt breaking off in the middle of a sentence, as if one is unable or unwilling to proceed.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin aposiopesis, from Greek aposiopesis, from apo- (intensive prefix) + siopan (to be silent), from siope (silence). Earliest documented use: 1578.

POSIOPESIS - the residue of ripping a flower into shreds

APOSIOPEPSIS - the competititon for aposio-Cokes

APOGIOPESIS - music with a lot of stepwise broken chords