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- n. A stylistic scheme in which words from the same root are used together, or a word is repeated in a different inflection or case.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A figure by which a word is repeated in different forms, cases, numbers, genders, etc., as in Tennyson's line, -- “My own heart's heart, and ownest own, farewell.”
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, a figure consisting in the use of different cases or inflections of the same word, or of words of the same immediate derivation, in the same context.
- n. (Unless the death of Death had brought death to death by [his] death, the door of eternal life would have been closed.)
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. repetition of a word in a different case or inflection in the same sentence
Via Latin, from Ancient Greek πολύπτωτον (poluptōton), neuter of πολύπτωτος (poluptōtos, "having many cases"), from πολύς (polus, "many") + πίπτω (piptō, "I fall"). (Wiktionary)