One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Candour, frankness; outspokenness or boldness of speech. Also: the act or practice of asking forgiveness in advance for speaking in this way.
Late 16th century. From post-classical Latin parrhesia outspokenness, frankness (636 in Isidore; in classical Latin as a Greek word) from ancient Greek παρρησία from παν- + ῥῆσις speech + -ία.
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