aporia
Definition - The expressing of doubt, either real or simulated.

Example -
"There's no way the Canucks will ever win the Stanley Cup."

Etymology -
The word means "impass" or "puzzle" in Greek.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1589:
"Aporia, or the Doubtfull. [So] called…because oftentimes we will seeme to cast perils, and make doubt of things when by a plaine manner of speech wee might affirme or deny him."
(Puttenham Eng. Poesie (Arb.) 234)



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