from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Rhetorical repetition at the beginning of a phrase of the word or words with which the previous phrase ended; for example, He is a man of loyalty—loyalty always firm.

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  • n. A rhetorical device in which a word or phrase used at the end of a sentence or clause is repeated near the beginning of the next sentence or clause.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A repetition of the last word or any prominent word in a sentence or clause, at the beginning of the next, with an adjunct idea.”

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A figure in rhetoric and poetry, consisting in the repetition at the beginning of a line or clause of the last word or words preceding, as in the following examples:

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. repetition of the final words of a sentence or line at the beginning of the next


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Late Latin anadiplōsis, from Greek, from anadiploun, to redouble : ana-, ana- + diploun, to double (from diplous, double; see dwo- in Indo-European roots).


  • 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.

    Mark Axelrod: The Day Before Happiness

  • Note: Can you spot the anaphora and the anadiplosis?

    Rhetorical Figures in Sound: Scesis Onomaton

  • In an anadiplosis one repeats a word near the end of one phrase or clause at the beginning of the next.

    Archive 2005-09-01

  • For instance, here's an anadiplosis from Shakespeare's Richard II:

    Archive 2005-09-01

  • This figure is known to the rhetoricians as anadiplosis, or the beginning of a phrase with the final words of the previous phrase; it is also ploce, the insistent repetition of a word within the same line or phrase.


  • And some of the tricks which the boy-poet has caught are interesting and abode with him, such as the _anadiplosis_ --

    Matthew Arnold

  • The sudden introduction of the interrogative clause in this line is an example of the figure of speech called anadiplosis.

    Milton's Comus

  • In so doing, I have left out anadiplosis, the ` use of the last word in one clause to begin another. '

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XII No 1

  • n. - an abrupt shift in midsentence in syntax to another construction adj. - jovial, festive and amatory anadiplosis



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  • JM aspires to anadiplosis, anadiplosis for its own sake.

    May 26, 2010

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    the wonderful Wizard of Oz."

    - 'The Wizard of Oz'.

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