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noun, plural ep·a·nor·tho·ses [ep-uh-nawr-thoh-seez] /ˌɛp ə nɔrˈθoʊ siz/. Rhetoric.
  1. 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.’ ”
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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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Historical Examples of epanorthosis

  • Epanorthosis is a figure of frequent occurrence in all languages, but particularly in those of the East.

    Grammar of the New Zealand language (2nd edition)

    Robert Maunsell

British Dictionary definitions for epanorthosis


  1. 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
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Derived Formsepanorthotic, adjective

Word Origin for epanorthosis

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