autoclesis

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autoclesis (uncountable)

  1. (rhetoric) The arousing of interest in something by mentioning it in a negative or dismissive way.
    • 2016, Jeannette Baxter, J.G. Ballard's Surrealist Imagination: Spectacular Authorship
      The author's rhetorical use of autoclesis is loaded.