Definition of paralipomena in US English:


(also paraleipomena)

plural noun

  • 1Things omitted from a work and added as a supplement.

    • ‘The Parerga (Volume 1) are six long essays; the Paralipomena (Volume 2) are shorter writings arranged under thirty-one different subject-headings.’
    • ‘In occasional political comments in his Parerga and Paralipomena and Manuscript Remains, Schopenhauer described himself as a proponent of limited government.’
    1. 1.1usually Paralipomenonarchaic (in the Vulgate Bible and some other versions) the name of the books of Chronicles, regarded as supplementary to the books of Kings.


Late Middle English: via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek paraleipomena, from paraleipein ‘omit’, from para- ‘to one side’ + leipein ‘to leave’.