aporia

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin aporia, from Ancient Greek ἀπορία (aporía), from ἄπορος (áporos, impassable), from ἀ- (a-, a-) + πόρος (póros, passage).

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Examples (rhetoric)

But, how can I describe the beauty of the desert?

aporia (plural aporias)

  1. (rhetoric) An expression of deliberation with oneself regarding uncertainty or doubt as to how to proceed.
    • [1835, L[arret] Langley, A Manual of the Figures of Rhetoric, [], Doncaster: Printed by C. White, Baxter-Gate, OCLC 1062248511, page 55:
      Aporia oft in doubt and fear will rest,
      And reason with itself what may be best.
      ]
    • 2012, Andy Martin, ‘Text Messenger’, Literary Review 404:
      Meanings are superposed in an aporia – not ‘either/or’, but ‘and/and’.
    • 2016, Ian McEwan, Nutshell, Vintage, page 9:
      What they intend sickens and frightens them, and they can never speak of it directly. Instead, wrapped in whispers are ellipses, euphemisms, mumbled aporia followed by throat-clearing and a brisk change of subject.
  2. (philosophy, post-structuralism) An insoluble contradiction in a text's meaning; a logical impasse suggested by a text or speaker.
    Synonyms: impasse, paradox, contradiction
    • 2009, Mark Fisher, chapter 3, in Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?, Zero Books, →ISBN, page 19:
      But Green issues are already a contested zone, already a site where politicization is being fought for. In what follows, I want to stress two other aporias in capitalist realism, which are not yet politicized to anything like the same degree. The first is mental health.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɑporiɑ/, [ˈɑpo̞ˌriɑ]
  • Rhymes: -iɑ
  • Syllabification: a‧po‧ri‧a

Noun[edit]

aporia

  1. aporia

Declension[edit]

Inflection of aporia (Kotus type 12/kulkija, no gradation)
nominative aporia aporiat
genitive aporian aporioiden
aporioitten
partitive aporiaa aporioita
illative aporiaan aporioihin
singular plural
nominative aporia aporiat
accusative nom. aporia aporiat
gen. aporian
genitive aporian aporioiden
aporioitten
aporiainrare
partitive aporiaa aporioita
inessive aporiassa aporioissa
elative aporiasta aporioista
illative aporiaan aporioihin
adessive aporialla aporioilla
ablative aporialta aporioilta
allative aporialle aporioille
essive aporiana aporioina
translative aporiaksi aporioiksi
instructive aporioin
abessive aporiatta aporioitta
comitative aporioineen
Possessive forms of aporia (type kulkija)
possessor singular plural
1st person aporiani aporiamme
2nd person aporiasi aporianne
3rd person aporiansa

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Ancient Greek

Noun[edit]

aporia f (plural aporie)

  1. aporia

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Verb[edit]

aporia

  1. first-person singular conditional of apor
  2. third-person singular conditional of apor