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anastrophe

[ uh-nas-truh-fee ]
/ əˈnæs trə fi /
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noun Rhetoric.

inversion of the usual order of words.

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Origin of anastrophe

1570–80; <Greek: turning back. See ana-, strophe
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Example sentences from the Web for anastrophe

  • This is the only sentence in Arrian where suffers anastrophe, coming after the noun.

    The Anabasis of Alexander|Arrian of Nicomedia

British Dictionary definitions for anastrophe

anastrophe
/ (əˈnæstrəfɪ) /

noun

rhetoric another term for inversion (def. 3)

Word Origin for anastrophe

C16: from Greek, from anastrephein to invert
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