[ ih-pis-truh-fee ]
/ ɪˈpɪs trə fi /


Also called epiphora. Rhetoric. the repetition of a word or words at the end of two or more successive verses, clauses, or sentences, as in “I should do Brutus wrong, and Cassius wrong. …”Compare anaphora(def 1).
Neoplatonism. the realization by an intellect of its remoteness from the One.

Origin of epistrophe

1640–50; < New Latin < Greek epistrophḗ; see epi-, strophe
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British Dictionary definitions for epistrophe


/ (ɪˈpɪstrəfɪ) /


rhetoric repetition of a word at the end of successive clauses or sentences

Word Origin for epistrophe

C17: New Latin, from Greek, from epi- + strophē a turning
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Word Origin and History for epistrophe



1640s, from Late Latin epistrophe, from Greek epistrophe "a turning about," from epi "upon" (see epi-) + strophe "a turning" (see strophe).

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