American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs; for example, "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills” ( Winston S. Churchill).
- n. Linguistics The use of a linguistic unit, such as a pronoun, to refer back to another unit, as the use of her to refer to Anne in the sentence Anne asked Edward to pass her the salt.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, a figure consisting in the repetition of the same word or words at the beginning of two or more succeeding verses, clauses, or sentences: as, “Where is the wise ? where is the scribe ? where is the disputer of this world?” 1 Cor. i. 20.
- n. In astronomy, the oblique ascension of a star.
- n. In liturgics, the more solemn part of the eucharistic service: probably so called from the oblation which occurs in it. The anaphora begins with the Sursum Corda, and includes all that follows, that is, the preface, consecration, great oblation, communion, thanksgiving, etc. In some of the more ancient forms it is preceded by a benediction.
- n. rhetoric The repetition of a phrase at the beginning of phrases, sentences, or verses, used for emphasis.
- n. linguistics An expression that can refer to virtually any referent, the specific referent being defined by context.
- n. linguistics An expression that refers to a preceding expression.
- n. Plural form of anaphor.
- n. Plural form of anaphora.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Rhet.) A repetition of a word or of words at the beginning of two or more successive clauses.
- n. the use of a substitute word, such as a pronoun, in reference to a something already mentioned in a discourse; also, the relation between the substitute word and its antecedent. It is contrasted with
cataphora, the use of a pronoun for a word or topic not yet mentioned.
- n. using a pronoun or similar word instead of repeating a word used earlier
- n. repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses
- From Ancient Greek ἀναφορά (anaphora, "a carrying back"), from ἀνά (ana, "up") + φέρω (pherō, "I carry"). (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin, from Greek, from anapherein, to bring back : ana-, ana- + pherein, to carry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The anaphora is merely repetitive and does not vary its recurrance or wind up the pace.”
“I discussed Barack Obama's past use of a rhetorical device called anaphora (a figure of speech repeated over a string of phrases, clauses, sentences, or paragraphs).”
“This device of beginning successive lines with the same word is called anaphora, in case you wanted to know.”
“One discovers numerous examples in which De Luca uses such rhetorical devices as anadiplosis or the repetition of a word at the end of a clause or at the beginning of another; anaphora or the repetition of the same word or group of words at the beginning of successive clauses; or anastrophe which is the inversion of the usual word order within a sentence.”
“Note: Also anaphora ( "It means that ....") and antithesis ( "... as equals across the bargaining table and not as peons in the fields.")”
“Note here that the first three sentences comprise the first parallelism used in conjunction with anaphora.”
“This figure often occurs public address with others such as antithesis, anaphora, asyndeton, climax, epistrophe and symploce.”
“The the next three sentences constitute a second parallelism also in conjunction with anaphora.”
“Note: Can you spot the anaphora and the anadiplosis?”
“The use of repetition, anaphora, to make stark the contrast between the rules of engagement (or rules of rifle assemblage) and the world of Nature.”
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