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epanalepsis

[ ep-uh-nuh-lep-sis ]
/ ˌɛp ə nəˈlɛp sɪs /
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noun Rhetoric.
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 a fool would trust a stranger with his money; only a fool.
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Origin of epanalepsis

First recorded in 1575–85; from Greek epanálēpsis, literally, “taking up again, resumption,” equivalent to ep- ep- + ana- ana- + lêpsis “taking hold” (lēp-, stem of lambánein “to take” + -sis -sis)

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British Dictionary definitions for epanalepsis

epanalepsis
/ (ɪˌpænəˈlɛpsɪs) /

noun
rhetoric the repetition, after a more or less lengthy passage of subordinate or parenthetic text, of a word or clause that was used before

Derived forms of epanalepsis

epanaleptic, adjective

Word Origin for epanalepsis

C16: from Greek, from epi- + ana- + lēpis taking, from lambanein to take up
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