apophatic


apophatic
apophatic (adj.) "involving a mention of something one feigns to deny; involving knowledge obtained by negation," 1850, from Gk. apophatikos, from apophasis "denial, answer," from apophanai "to speak off," from apo- "off" (see APO- (Cf. apo-)) + phanai "to speak," related to pheme "voice" (see FAME (Cf. fame)).

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