[ an-uh-di-ploh-sis ]

  1. repetition in the first part of a clause or sentence of a prominent word from the latter part of the preceding clause or sentence, usually with a change or extension of meaning.

Origin of anadiplosis

1580–90; <Latin <Greek, equivalent to anadiplō-, variant stem of anadiploûsthai to be doubled back + -sis-sis. See ana-, diplosis

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How to use anadiplosis in a sentence

  • The sudden introduction of the interrogative clause in this line is an example of the figure of speech called anadiplosis.

    Milton's Comus | John Milton

British Dictionary definitions for anadiplosis


/ (ˌænədɪˈpləʊsɪs) /

  1. rhetoric repetition of the words or phrase at the end of one sentence, line, or clause at the beginning of the next

Origin of anadiplosis

C16: via Latin from Greek: repetition, from anadiploun to double back, from ana- + diploun to double

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