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[an-uh-kuh-loo-thon] /ˌæn ə kəˈlu θɒn/
noun, plural anacolutha
[an-uh-kuh-loo-thuh] /ˌæn ə kəˈlu θə/ (Show IPA).
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 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -tha (-θə)
(rhetoric) a construction that involves the change from one grammatical sequence to another within a single sentence; an example of anacoluthia
Word Origin
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

"want of grammatical sequence; changing constructions in mid-clause," 1706, from Latinized form of Greek anakoluthon, neuter of anakolouthos "inconsequent," from an- "not" (see an- (1)) + akolouthos "following," from copulative prefix a- + keleuthos "way, road, track, path" (see celerity).

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