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  • n. Repeating words in immediate succession.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A figure by which a word is repeated with vehemence or emphasis, as in the following lines: -

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ancient prosody, union of two successive Ionics a minore so that the last syllable of the first and the first syllable of the second interchange quantities: thus, ⌣ ⌣ – ⌣ | – ⌣ – – for ⌣ ⌣ – – | ⌣ ⌣ – –.
  • n. In rhetoric, immediate or almost immediate repetition of a word, involving added emphasis. An example of accumulated (fourfold) epizeuxis is:
  • n. See palillogy. Also called diplasiasmus.


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From Ancient Greek


  • The figure of speech, here, which is known as epizeuxis, is very difficult to do well.


  • Most are not words to slip into casual conversation — Great epizeuxis in your presentation, George!

    The Syntax of Style

  • They spelled from the grammars, hyperbole, synecdoche, and epizeuxis.

    Laddie: A True Blue Story

  • Of the remaining long list of figures, the Irish are particularly disposed to the epizeuxis, as 'indeed, indeed -- at all, at all,' and antanaclasis, or double meaning.

    Tales and Novels — Volume 04

  • And onomatopoeic epizeuxis (say that three times fast!) is often laughable.


  • But the balance here between the two instances of epizeuxis, each in the midst of a more flowing sentence, in a stanza that marks a sharp and emotional turn in the action, is reasonably well done.



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  • Hey! I like this word. Thanks for bringing it to me, pter'.

    Don't know how it's spoken, though.

    Perhaps somewordnik would do a pronunciation or two, or three.

    January 8, 2012

  • Examples here.

    I love, love, love this word!

    January 8, 2012

  • JM and epizeuxis, epizeuxis, all all epizeuxis. Epizeuxis as a single status update.

    March 29, 2011

  • (n) A figure by which a word is repeated with vehemence or emphasis

    February 6, 2009

  • JM declares that epizeuxis and only epizeuxis can result in true epizeuxis or a condition approaching epizeuxis or approximating epizeuxis

    February 6, 2009