from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An abrupt change within a sentence to a second construction inconsistent with the first, sometimes used for rhetorical effect; for example, I warned him that if he continues to drink, what will become of him?
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sentence or clause that is grammatically inconsistent, especially with respect to the type of clausal or phrasal complement for the initial clause.
- n. Intentional use of such a structure.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A lack of grammatical sequence or coherence in a sentence; an instance of a change of construction in a sentence so that the latter part does not syntactically correspond with the first part.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In grammar and rhetoric, an instance of anacoluthia; a construction characterized by a want of grammatical sequence.
- n. Also spelled anakoluthon and anakolouthon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an abrupt change within a sentence from one syntactic structure to another
Late Latin, from Late Greek anakolouthon, inconsistency in logic, from Greek, neuter of anakolouthos, inconsistent : an-, not; see a-1 + akolouthos, following (a-, together; see sem-1 in Indo-European roots + keleuthos, path).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin anacolūthon, from Ancient Greek ἀνακόλουθον (anakolouthon, "without sequence, anomalous [of inflections or grammatical constructions]"), from ἀ(ν)- (a-, "un-") + ἀκόλουθος (akolouthos, "following"). (Wiktionary)