Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In rhetoric, a figure by which the same word or group of words is repeated at the beginning of two or more clauses, sentences, or verses in immediate succession or in the same passage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Rhet.) Same as anaphora.

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  • noun rhetoric anaphora

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  • noun repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses

Etymologies

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Latin, from Ancient Greek ἐπαναφορά (epanaphora, "reference").

Examples

  • Aristotle _Rhet_ 1414a) remarks that because of Homer's use of epanaphora (the repetition of Nireus 'name) and dialysis (asyndeton)' [Greek: schedon hapax tou Nireôs onomasthentos en tôi dramati memnêmetha ouden hêtton ê tou Achilleôs kai tou Odysseôs] '.

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • "They are characterized by brevity, by a key-word, by epanaphora [i. e, repetition], and by their epigrammatic style ...

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

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