[ dahy-ak-uh-pee ]

  1. a literary or rhetorical device that emphasizes an aspect of the writer’s or speaker’s main idea through the repetition of words or phrases, which are separated by other words or phrases, as in “You’re a good dog, Gracie. Such a good dog. What a good dog.”

Origin of diacope

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Greek diakopḗ “gash, cleft, rupture,” derivative of diakóptein “to cut in two, cut through,” equivalent to prefix dia- “through” + kóptein “to cut”

Words Nearby diacope

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