Aposiopesis

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Aposiopesis is a rhetorical device which involves a breaking-off of speech, frequently because of rising emotion. The speaker leaves the conclusion of the statement to the imagination of the audience. Aposiopesis is typically denoted with an ellipsis or a dash.

Examples of Aposiopesis

"If you weren't family...!"

"Why, I oughtta...!"

"One of these days...!"

"Or else...!"

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