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- noun The deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the end of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs, as
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- noun In rhetoric, a figure in which several successive clauses or sentences end with the same word or affirmation: as, “Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham ? so am I.”
- noun In music, in a cyclic composition, the original concluding melody, phrase, or section, when repeated at the end of the several divisions; a refrain.
- noun In botany, the arrangement of chlorophyl-grains, under the influence of light, on the surface-walls of cells and on those parts of the walls which bound intercellular spaces (Frank), or more properly on those walls which are at right angles to the plane of incident light.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Rhet.) A figure in which successive clauses end with the same word or affirmation; e. g., “Are they Hebrews?
so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I.”
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- noun rhetoric The
repetitionof the same word or words at the end of successive phrases, clauses or sentences.
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- noun repetition of the ends of two or more successive sentences, verses, etc.
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By contrast, repetition of a word or phrase at the end of a series of sentences is called epistrophe.
Each line in the poem ends with a word ending in “ed” (a variation on the device known as epistrophe, the repetition of a word or phrase at the end of a line).
This parallelism is used in conjunction with epistrophe.
This figure often occurs public address with others such as antithesis, anaphora, asyndeton, climax, epistrophe and symploce.
Books Four and Five, originally planned as one book, discuss the return (epistrophe, reditus, reversio) of all things to God.
The cardinal principle upon which his attempt rests is the doctrine, already foreshadowed by Iamblichus and others, that in the process of emanation there are always three subordinate stages, or moments, namely the original (mone), emergence from the original (proodos), and return to the original (epistrophe).
His care and direction in its appointed sphere, and draws them again in an ascending order to Himself (epistrophe).
There are three words in scripture to express it by, metame'leia, meta'noia, and epistrophe `; though this last rather signifies conversion.
Preachers at black churches are the last people left in the English-speaking world who know the schemes and tropes of classical rhetoric: parallelism, antithesis, epistrophe, synec-doche, metonymy, periphrasis, litotes-the whole bag of tricks.
In classical Greek philosophy, and especially in Plato, the epistrophe or periagoge in the above passage refers to the