[ ep-uh-nawr-thoh-sis ]
/ ˌɛp ə nɔrˈθoʊ sɪs /

noun, plural ep·a·nor·tho·ses [ep-uh-nawr-thoh-seez] /ˌɛp ə nɔrˈθoʊ siz/. Rhetoric.

the rephrasing of an immediately preceding word or statement for the purpose of intensification, emphasis, or justification, as in “Seems, madam! Nay, it is; I know not ‘seems.’ ”

Origin of epanorthosis

First recorded in 1570–80, epanorthosis is from the Greek word epanórthōsis correcting, revision. See ep-, ana-, orthosis
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/ (ɪˌpænɔːˈθəʊsɪs) /


rhetoric the almost immediate replacement of a preceding word or phrase by a more correct or more emphatic one, as for example in thousands, nay, millions

Derived Forms

epanorthotic, adjective

Word Origin for epanorthosis

C16: from Greek: correction, from epi- + ana- + orthos straight
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