Daily Archives: November 1, 2007


Accismus (ak-iz’-mus): A feigned refusal of that which is earnestly desired.

Oh wow! You are too generous–I couldn’t possibly accept that Rolex watch! I can’t imagine how what I did deserves that kind of recognition! No! Take it back!

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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)