[ ep-uh-nuh-lep-sis ]
/ ˌɛp ə nəˈlɛp sɪs /

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 the poor really know what it is to suffer; only the poor.

Words nearby epanalepsis

Origin of epanalepsis

1575–85; < Greek epanálēpsis literally, resumption, taking up again, equivalent to ep- ep- + ana- ana- + lêpsis taking hold (lēp-, variant stem of lambánein to take + -sis -sis)
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British Dictionary definitions for epanalepsis

/ (ɪˌpænəˈlɛpsɪs) /


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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