- a repetition of a word or a phrase with intervening words setting off the repetition, sometimes occurring with a phrase used both at the beginning and end of a sentence, as in Only the poor really know what it is to suffer; only the poor.
Origin of epanalepsis
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- rhetoric the repetition, after a more or less lengthy passage of subordinate or parenthetic text, of a word or clause that was used before
C16: from Greek, from epi- + ana- + lēpis taking, from lambanein to take up
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