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anacoluthon

[ an-uh-kuh-loo-thon ]
/ ˌæn ə kəˈlu θɒn /
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noun, plural an·a·co·lu·tha [an-uh-kuh-loo-thuh]. /ˌæn ə kəˈlu θə/. Rhetoric.

a construction involving a break in grammatical sequence, as It makes me so—I just get angry.
an instance of anacoluthia.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for anacoluthon

anacoluthon
/ (ˌænəkəˈluːθɒn) /

noun plural -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 for anacoluthon

C18: from Late Latin, from Greek anakolouthon, from anakolouthos not consistent, from an- + akolouthos following
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