[ uh-nas-truh-fee ]
/ əˈnæs trə fi /

noun Rhetoric.

inversion of the usual order of words.

Origin of anastrophe

1570–80; < Greek: turning back. See ana-, strophe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for anastrophe


/ (əˈnæstrəfɪ) /


rhetoric another term for inversion (def. 3)

Word Origin for anastrophe

C16: from Greek, from anastrephein to invert
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Word Origin and History for anastrophe



"inversion of usual word order," 1570s, from Greek anastrophe "a turning back, a turning upside down," from anastrephein "to turn up or back, to turn upside down," from ana "back" (see ana-) + strephein "to turn" (see strophe).

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