Definition of prosiopesis in English:

prosiopesis

noun

Grammar
  • Ellipsis of the beginning of a grammatical structure in speech or writing.

Origin

1920s; earliest use found in Otto Jespersen (1860–1943), linguist. From pro- + Greek σιώπησις taciturnity, in scholia (medieval Greek or earlier) on Ptolemy Tetrabiblos 160 from ancient Greek σιωπᾶν to be silent + -σις; compare quot. 1922.

Pronunciation

prosiopesis

/ˌprɒsɪə(ʊ)ˈpiːsɪs/