antanaclasis

[ ant-an-uh-klas-is ]
/ ˌænt æn əˈklæs ɪs /

noun Rhetoric.

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.

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Origin of antanaclasis

1640–50; <Greek antanáklasis literally, echo, reflection, equivalent to ant-ant- + ana-ana- + klásis a breaking, bending (see -clase, -clasis)
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Example sentences from the Web for 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