- Also called epanaphora. Rhetoric. repetition of a word or words at the beginning of two or more successive verses, clauses, or sentences.Compare epistrophe(def 1), symploce.
- Grammar. the use of a word as a regular grammatical substitute for a preceding word or group of words, as the use of it and do in I know it and he does too.Compare cataphora.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) Eastern Church.
- the prayer of oblation and consecration in the Divine Liturgy during which the Eucharistic elements are offered.
- the part of the ceremony during which the Eucharistic elements are offered as an oblation.
Origin of anaphora
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- grammar the use of a word such as a pronoun that has the same reference as a word previously used in the same discourse. In the sentence John wrote the essay in the library but Peter did it at home, both did and it are examples of anaphoraCompare cataphora, exophoric
- rhetoric the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses
C16: via Latin from Greek: repetition, from anapherein, from ana- + pherein to bear
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Word Origin and History for anaphora
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