n. rhetorical device of pretending to refuse.

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  • Accismus — Ac*cis mus, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?.] (Rhet.) Affected refusal; coyness. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Accismus — is a form of irony wherein a person pretends not to want an object they truly desire once presented with it. One of many figures of refutation [] , which is itself a figure of speech.… …   Wikipedia

  • Accismus — (v. gr.), verstellte Weigerung, etwas anzunehmen, Ziererei …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • accismus — ▪ literature       a form of irony in which a person feigns indifference to or pretends to refuse something he or she desires. The fox s dismissal of the grapes in Aesop s fable of the fox and the grapes is an example of accismus. A classic… …   Universalium

  • accismus — noun Feigning disinterest in something while actually desiring it …   Wiktionary

  • accismus — …   Useful english dictionary

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