- a construction involving a break in grammatical sequence, as It makes me so—I just get angry.
- an instance of anacoluthia.
Origin of anacoluthon
1700–10; < Greek anakólouthon, neuter of anakólouthos not following, equivalent to an- an-1 + akólouthos marching together (a- together + kolouth-, gradational variant of keleuth- road, march + -os adj. suffix
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Examples from the Web for anacoluthon
The anacoluthon in Mk iv, 31, is avoided by Matthew and Luke.Sources of the Synoptic Gospels
Carl S. Patton
Anacoluthon, a want of grammatical and logical sequence in the structure of a sentence.
A breakdown like this—an anacoluthon, as the grammarians call it—is nothing strange in Paul's style.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Galatians
G. G. Findlay
- rhetoric a construction that involves the change from one grammatical sequence to another within a single sentence; an example of anacoluthia
C18: from Late Latin, from Greek anakolouthon, from anakolouthos not consistent, from an- + akolouthos following
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Word Origin and History for anacoluthon
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