- a form of speech in which a key word is repeated and used in a different, and sometimes contrary, way for a play on words, as in The craft of a politician is to appear before the public without craft.
Origin of antanaclasis
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Historical Examples of antanaclasis
In Cicero's treatise on Oratory, a variety of instances of the antanaclasis are quoted, and highly praised by him for their wit.The Punster's Pocket-book
Charles Molloy Westmacott